One of the popular products of Mysore in Karnataka is its Sandalwood. The distinct aroma and health benefits of Sandalwood from Southern Indian state attract millions of people around the world and now one can not only witness Sandalwood products but also its history and cultivation.
India’s first Sandalwood Museum has now been opened in Aranya Bhavan, Mysore, Karnataka, and will soon be inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Karnataka on November 25th.
The first of its kind of museum, Sandalwood Museum offers a lot of beauty and fragrance to tourists. Reports suggest that it might also shift in Mysore Palace premises where one can witness the majestic Mysore Palace and also explore the museum.
The forest division of Mysore has set up its first Sandalwood Museum on its premises and Karnataka Co-operation minister S.T. Somashekhar said that the forest department might soon shift the museum under Mysore Palace Premises.
When you visit the museum, one can learn more about Sandalwood where you can learn about its classification, farming, varieties, and more. The establishment has decided to display posters with information about Sandalwood growth and its help in the prevention of diseases.
Educating Farmers and Visitors about Sandalwood
Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF) K.C. Prashanth Kumar also stated that they have already completed 80% of the work on the museum and the Chief Minister of Karnataka B.S. Yediyurappa will inaugurate the museum post on November 25.
There would be a separate room, auditorium, projector, and seating arrangement for visitors to know more about Sandalwood Cultivation. “The visitors can also have first-hand information about it through interviews of successful sandalwood growers which would be screened. Audio information pertaining to sandalwood would also be provided to the visitors.” Said the Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF).
The forest department currently encourages Sandalwood Farming and through this museum, visitors and farmers can get various information and tips about Sandalwood cultivation.