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.
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."
At the anti-climactic climax of the Millenium '73 festival Rawat dressed as the Supreme Lord, 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 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.
Sometimes Rawat would have himself dragged through the crowd of followers on a 'ratha' or chariot emulating the Rathayatra festival.
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).
Pinup photos of Rawat in his regalia were sold to his followers for use on altars.
Maharaji wasn't shy in the late 1970's, he had photos of himself in his Krishna regalia put on magazine covers.
Five years later, Rawat was still having his wife crown him and kiss his feet in public.
It wasn't easy but Rawat would dance with the heavy crown on his head, after all he was the Lord of the Universe!
Universes were created and destroyed with the rise and fall of his arms … or so he revealed to his initiators.
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.