Krishna - The Life and Career of Prem Rawat (Maharaji)

Krishna traditionally appears dressed in a specific iconography and it was this that the Rawats copied. This was not just a clothing style for the Rawats, they claimed to be incarnations of God in the identical way that Krishna had been. Krishna had been the Perfect Master of his time, Prem Rawat was the Perfect Master of his time. Click here to see the teachings of Prem Rawat about Krishna.

Prem Rawat Dresses As the God Krishna
Prem Rawat Dresses As the God Krishna
Prem Rawat Dresses As the God Krishna
Prem Rawat Dresses As the God Krishna

Prem Rawat's father, Hans Rawat (Satgurudev Param Sant Shri Hans Ji Maharaj), also claimed to be the Satguru of his time and an incarnation of Krishna.

Hans Rawat Dressed as Krishna
Hans Rawat Dressed as Krishna in Crowd
Hans Rawat Dressed as Krishna On Swing
Param Hans Satgurudev Shri Hans Ji Maharaj Dressed as Krishna
Hans Rawat Dressed as Krishna playing flute
Hans Rawat Dressed as Krishna sitting
Hans Rawat Dressed as Krishna "Shining Like Pearls"
Hans Rawat Dressed as Krishna looking serious

From the beginning of his career as Perfect Master (Satguru) in 1966 the young Prem Rawat was already being dressed as a mini Krishna.

Mahatma Gurucharanand applies a Tilak to the young Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat)
The young Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Shines Divine Light
The young Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) plays flute
The young Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna On Stage
Mahatmas Gurucharanand and Sampuranand Worship the Young Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat)
Mahatma Sampuranand Parades the Young Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna
The Young Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna With Transistor Radio
The Young Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna With Flute

In his "Peace Bomb" speech before 1 million people Prem Rawat then an 11 year old guru said "In the Bhagavad Gita, the Lord says that whenever religion becomes corrupted and evil increases, He takes a human body and manifests in this world to destroy evil and to protect His devotees. … So He has now come to reveal the lost Knowledge and to restore true peace. The Lord, the True Saint, the True Guru Maharaj Ji has incarnated in this world."

The Young Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna Blesses the Crowd
The Young Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna With Mata Ji
The Young Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna In Swing
The Young Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna Blesses the Crowd
The Young Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna Blesses the Crowd
The Young Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna With Flute
The Young Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna Accepts Pranam
The Young Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna Blesses

At the anti-climactic climax of the Millenium '73 festival Prem Rawat dressed as the Supreme Lord, Krishna.

The Young Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna Mudra
The Young Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna With Flute
The Teenage Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna On Throne
The Teenage Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna On Throne At Millenium 73

When Prem Rawat could no longer get any publicity he began dressing as Krishna again, a fat Krishna and having his wife kiss his feet in public.

His Wife Pranams To The Teenage Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna On Throne
His Wife Kisses The Feet Of  The Teenage Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna On Throne
The Key To The Existence Of This Entire Universe Rests In The Hands Of Guru Maharaj Ji (Prem Rawat)

Prem Rawat began to wear it more and more especially after he began dancing on stage in and after the late 1970's. Rawat seemed very happy when posing as Krishna.

The Teenage Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna On Throne
The Teenage Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna Dances On Stage
The Teenage Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna On Throne
The Teenage Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna Backstage

Even more photos of Prem Rawat or Maharaji dressed as Krishna.

The Teenage Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna Backstage
The Teenage Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna On Throne
The Teenage Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna On Throne
The Teenage Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna On Throne

Sometimes Prem Rawat would have himself dragged through the crowd of followers on a 'ratha' or chariot emulating the Rathayatra festival.

Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna On Throne Moves Through The Crowd
Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna On Throne Moves Through The Crowd
Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna On Throne
Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna On Throne

By the early 1980's Rawat was wearing his regalia so often it needed some protection while travelling so he designed a special carrying case with a drawer for the bansuri (flute).

Desing For Carrying Case For Krishna Crown of Maharaji (Prem Rawat)
Carrying Case For Krishna Crown of Maharaji (Prem Rawat)

Pinup photos of Rawat in his regalia were sold to his followers for use on altars.

Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna On Throne
Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna On Throne
Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna On Throne Blesses The Crowd
Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna On Throne

Maharaji wasn't shy in the late 1970's, he had photos of himself in his Krishna regalia put on magazine covers.

Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna On Throne
Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna Dances On Stage
Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna On Throne
Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna On Throne

Five years later, Prem Rawat aka Maharaji was still having his wife kiss his feet in public.

His Wife Places Crown on Head of Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna On Throne
His Wife Kisses The Feet Of  Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna On Throne

It wasn't easy but Rawat would "dance" with the heavy crown on his head, after all he was the Lord of the Universe!

Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna On Throne
Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna Dances On Stage
Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Dressed as Krishna Dances On Stage

Universes were created and destroyed with the rise and fall of his arms … or so he revealed to his initiators.

Prem Rawat (Maharaji) creates and destroys universes through dance

It wasn't possible for Prem Rawat to always dress in full Krishna costume so it was decided he would need a more discreet tiara for everyday wear. One was hand crafted and presented to him. A request for gold was sent out to communities … discreetly.

Prem Rawat's (Maharaji) Discreet Crown for Casual Wear