Bharat Kala Bhavan, located inside the BHU campus, is an art and architecture museum and houses a vast collection of paintings, Hindu and Buddhist sculptures and other materials of archeological importance. The Bharat Kala Bhavan was established in the year 1920 A.D. In the main hall of the Bharat Kala Bhawan, there is a figure of a man standing on one leg and one hand on his hip and lifting a mass of stone above his head, with one hand. The figure is said to be of Lord Krishna, lifting Mount Govardhana. Many images in the Bharat Kala Bhavan confirm to the existence of Krishna cult in Kashi in 15th and 16th century.
Bharat Kala Bhavan also has a great collection of miniature paintings
from the courts of Mughals and other Kingdoms and principalities. Some
of the important sections in the Bharat Kala Bhavan are Mahamana
Malaviya gallery, Nicholas Roerich gallery, Chhavi (Painting Gallery),
sculpture gallery, Nidhi (Treasures) gallery, sculpture gallery,
archaeological gallery, decorative art gallery and Banaras through ages
Bharat Kala Bhavan, Varanasi, showcases different facets of Indian culture, civilization and history.