A visit to Surendrapuri would be a fun way to teach your kids or learn yourself, the basic background of the Hindu Mythology.
Surendrapuri is a museum located about 60km from Hyderabad, India. The museum is also known as Mythological Awareness Center. As the name indicates, it was established to create an awareness of Indian mythology, or more specifically Hindu mythology. It was established by Kunda Satyanarayana in memory of his son Surendra. It is also known locally as Kunda Satyanarayana Kala Dhamam, in his honor. Meaning that Kunda Satyanarayana has used artistry extensively to depict mythology.
It contains nearly full sized replicas of almost all the important Hindu temples in India. The architecture of the temple and the sculptures inside makes one feel as if one is in the actual holy place itself. There are a few hundred such replicas. The sculptures are displayed in open air indoors, depending on the size of the replica and the mythological scene portrayed.
There are sculptures and paintings depicting stories from major Hindu epics like Ramayan, Mahabharat, and Bhagavat. Various mythological scenes of war between Rama and Ravana in Ramayana, including Padmavyuha in Kurukshetra between Kauravas and Pandavas in Mahabharat, are carved beautifully and portrayed in great detail.
For the religious minded, it provides satisfaction of having visited all the Hindu holy places in India in one short trip of about 3-4 hours. For the curious minded, it provides a good visual background of what Hindu mythology is all about. One does not have to be religious to visit this place.
Sri Kunda Satyanarayana kala Dhamam is created as a centre of artistic, sculptural excellence and an abode of all divine worlds. It bestows upon the visitors the boon of vision of all Gods and the wonderful sculptures make them recollect the skills of the creator.
Kunda Satyanarayana Kala Dhamam is the epitome of artistic and sculptural excellence. It is also a major centre for divine fulfillment. Located at a distance of sixty kilometers from the city, it offers the pilgrims a chance to gain blessings from all the Indian gods. The Kunda Satyanarayana Kala Dhamam serves as a mythological awareness centre (Padmavyuham) that places its visitors in a state of joy. All deities of all the pilgrimage centres of India are available at the Surendrapuri Centre. At this popular pilgrim destination, you will spot the worlds of all deities from Brahmaloka, Vishnuloka, Sivaloka, Nagaloka, Indraloka, Yamaloka, Narakaloka, Patalaloka, Padmavyuham to Padmadweepam. The sculptures include elaborate representations from the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the Bhagavatgita and Puranas. Among the sculptures, you will see Lord Vishnu along with His weapons and Goddess Lakshmi, a 36-foot high sculptures depicting Lord Krishna enlightening Arjuna with the message of the Bhagavadgita. Other intriguing features of the Kunda Satyanarayana Kala Dhamam include churning of the Ksheera Sagaram (Milky Ocean) using the Mandara Mount as the gods and demons by the staff; the dancing of Bal Krishna on the hoods of the snake-king Kaliya. Other sculptures depict Lord Krishna lifting the Govardhana mountain, acts of romance, deeds with the shepherded maids (gopikas)—taking away their robes in fun and the killing of many demons. Also presented at the Kunda Satyanarayana Kala Dhamam is the story of the in the form of captivating sculptures showing the major events in his life from childhood to the events of the Ramayana. What can also be seen are the sculptures of events such as Hanuman killing the Akshayakumaras; Indrajit holding Hanuman with Brahmastra and Hanuman can be seen giving offerings to the devotees with his own hands. The visitor can also choose to drink a cup of hot coffee made from the milk straight coming from the cow. More depictions from these classic ancient myths include the modules which show the birth of Anjaneya, his learning of scriptures, killing of demon Lankhini, bringing the Sanjivani Mountain, carrying of Rama and Lakshmana, flying in the skies and bringing them to Sugriva. This place is a must visit for a holistic experience of all the Indian deities.