The Nirankari Mission wanted a museum on their teachings and as espoused by their living Satguru. Their belief is that a living and enlightened saint is the bridge between the temporal and the spiritual lives of all believers. To them, he is the one who can instantaneously take you out of this present life form which is illusionary and transcends you by understanding this to move you to higher realms. The Nirankari values are holistic with universal brotherhood as their core message.
Our solution was to create this museum as told and seen through the eyes of the devotees. We used the camera to great effect, photographing devotees as they talked and told you their feelings about Babaji, the Satguru. The images were from thier point of view.
We designed the space as ripples of water, moving out in circles from the centre. The centre, the core area is for Nirankar- the Formless One. Around that is Babaji, the bridge, the link between the two worlds. From here one moves out in non-linear fashion through rings in sections to get the overall story, which path always returns to the centre, where videos of Babaji speaking are auto-triggered and one hears something new each time.
A decade later, the museum continues to attract visitors in their thousands.