A wonderful treasure-house of sculpture and paintings about 50 km from Bengaluru off Magadi road, it is a place to see a mix of modern sculpture with older paintings and panels bringing alive many of the most popular tales from various Puranas.
The musuem has 6 levels of displays - showing Krishna's childhood in Brindavan at the lowest level, progressing through Balaji's marriage, the Dashavatara, Natarja in 108 poses, to forest/tribal art with a meditation room at the very top. The guides tell the tale behind each panel in great detail, befitting the vision of Anantharam Iyengar, (and the initiator of Amar Chtitra Katha series) who built up the place over 20 years of effort. The sculptures are as good as any one sees in Hoysala or other medieval temples ; the paintings alone merit a separate viewing for exquisitely detailed depictions in room sized panels.
In case a visitor is not interested in the details of each and every panel/story; one should discuss with the guide before starting so that one selects either a deity or a story -and then learns about it -without the narration becoming tedious.
Only drawback is the climbing up and down involved, making it difficult for many people to participate wholeheartedly -since toilets are only on ground level- while dining area is on the 3rd level. Lift and perhaps a toilet on the 3rd level will make a visit easier, more so for the elderly.