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A museum for coins and folklore in a Karnataka village
At a village called Lakkinakoppa in Karnataka,India, a museum is set up amidst green forest, just to preserve the heritage for the future generation to see ,learn and feel proud of their heritage.That's done by Mr. H.Khandoba Rao,of Shimoga,in Karnataka state,South India
THE FOUNDER OF THE MUSEUM, Mr.H. Khandoba Rao,was born in 1940 ,in Bangalore district. His father Mr. Hanumantha Rao, was an army man,having fought in First and Second world wars.Mrs. Lakshmi Bai, was the mother of Sri Khandoba Rao.
His was a large family with minimum facilities for livelihood.So ,he had to move to different places for his education.Finally, having passed B.A and B.Ed degrees, he joined as a teacher in Secondary school in 1968.Worked as Head master of Secondary grade school till 1972.Then he was promoted as a lecturer to teach History to Higher -Secondary (Pre-University level,i.e. +2 level),by his management institution. He served in that capacity till his retirement in 1998,after getting "Best Lecturer Award" in 1995-96.
In the meanwhile, he married soft hearted girl Miss. Yashodha,in 1972,discarding the caste system. They lived happily and got two sons.Mrs. Yashodha worked as lecturer in History in a local College.They were very happy.But unfortunately, Mrs.Yashodha left for God's abode in 2007, due to kidney failure,leaving a long lasting pain in her husband's heart.
In her memory, Mr. Khandoba Rao wanted to do something unique. Then, he thought of establishing this type of museum. With full involvement, he did it.It is now enthralling the visitors.
Items in the museum
Main items preserved in the museum are the following:
2 Metallic Candelabras in various attractive designs.
3 Household articles made out of wood and metal, used in village houses in the past.
4. Clocks of different types, shapes and sizes.
6 utensils of the past
7 Musical instruments used by the folk
8 Historical hero stones, epigraphs etc,
Apart from the above, there is a long list of materials with antique value.
The' Amulya Shodha' museum and its counter-part 'Nenapu'(Memory) constructed adjoining to it, give a refreshing experience to all visitors.A cement statue of Kuvempu- poet Laurette of Karnataka, is also set up in the premises.
Mr. H. Khandoba Rao has created a very befitting memorial for his deceased wife -Mrs. Yashoda in this form. It is educative, reminder of folk culture, and entertaining.
Visitors who pass through Shimoga,should make it a point to visit this museum.It entralls them with its cool ,greenish virgin beauty.