Jñana-Pravaha - Centre for Cultural Studies & Research
South of Samne Ghat, Varanasi 221005
Since time immemorial, Varanasi has been an acclaimed seat of education and culture. This wealth has drawn many seers, sages, and scholars to Kashi and they, in turn, have contributed to its eminence. Kashi's magnetic lustre drew Smt. Bimla Poddar also, who began philanthropic work for the exploration and preservation of India's rich culture. In 1996, her vision culminated in the inception of Jnana-Pravaha, a Centre for Cultural Studies under the Jnana-Pravaha Trust. It is situated on the west bank of the Ganga in a pristine environment. (www.jnanapravaha.org/GatewayToJnanaPravaha.htm)
Jñana means "knowledge, understanding, wisdom or learning" and Pravaha means "current or flow (of water/electricity etc)." The Jñana-Pravaha society was created to encourage the continued practice of Indian traditions. Set right on the banks of the Ganges river in Varanasi, it houses an entire museum of artifacts from ancient India. As this is a private museum and art gallery, tickets are sold at 50 rupees person. Photography inside the building is not permitted. Craftsmen produces idols made out of silver, gold, bronze and stone as well as bowls, cups etc all beautifully engraved. These are all for sale at Jñana-Pravaha. The gardens are exceptional and contain a variety of flora and fauna native to India. Come and browse the ancient artifacts of Northern India. Then, take a walk in the garden and meet the craftsmen. It is well worth a trip to see this museum and art gallery.