Mahatma Gurucharanand applies a Tilak to the young Satguru Maharaji (Prem Rawat) Prem Rawat Posing As Krishna

From the beginning of his career as Perfect Master (Satguru) in 1966 the young Prem Rawat was already being dressed as a mini Krishna. It appears that there might have been some prophecy going on or maybe there were a range of Krishna crowns of different sizes stored so that the new Satguru, whomever he or she may be, would have a crown waiting to be placed upon their shining forehead.

A set of photos of Prem Rawat that were sold by Divine Light Mission can be seen by clicking here.

Prem Rawat (Maharaji) The Newly Incarnated Satguru with Mahatmas Gurucharanand and Sampuranand
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 Perfect Master and Satguru 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."

Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna

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

Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna

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

Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna

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

Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna

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

Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna

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).

Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna

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

Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna

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

Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna

Five years later, Rawat was still having his wife crown him and kiss his feet in public.

Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna

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

Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna

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

Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna

It wasn't possible for 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.

Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Dressed As Krishna