Arna Jharna: The Thar Desert Museum of Rajasthan

Arna Jharna: The Thar Desert Museum of Rajasthan, Jodhpur: Hours, Address, Arna Jharna: The Thar Desert Museum of Rajasthan Reviews: 4.5/5

Arna Jharna: The Thar Desert Museum of Rajasthan

Arna Jharna: The Thar Desert Museum of Rajasthan
4.5
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
A Celebration of Rural Rajasthan The truly unique Komal Da Ethnographic Museum of Rajasthan lies on the outskirts of Jodhpur city, perching upon the edge of the Aravali mountain range as it descends to the plains of the great Thar Desert. Set against this stunningly beautiful natural landscape, the museum explores the traditional lifestyles of indigenous Rajasthani communities and the deep relationship between them and their natural environment. Unlike traditional museums that confine their collections to rarities, antiques, curiosities, and objects of great historical or artistic significance, the Komal Da Ethnographic Museum focuses on contemporary artifacts from rural societies. Presenting a broad range of artifacts, along with appropriate audio/video recordings, it illuminates the genius of human creativity in the art of survival, as well as the more refined aspects of human culture. Exploring such themes as biodiversity, land and water usage, agriculture, craft groups, religious beliefs, epics, legends, superstitions, fairs, festivals, markets, the performing arts, social interactions between occupational castes, and the transmission of indigenous knowledge down the generations, the museum presents a comprehensive view of rural Rajasthani life. Life in Rajasthan is shaped by differences in the composition of soil, water availability, and climatic conditions. Besides determining the variety of flora and fauna available to communities in a given area, these differing conditions naturally divide Rajasthan into three zones by promoting the agricultural cultivation of three different crops: bajra, jawar, and makka (pearl millet, sorghum, and corn, respectively). The museum structures exhibitions around the comparison of these three zones. Human cultural practices developed in tandem with the annual agricultural cycle of these three major crops. Exhibitions highlight the impact that subsistence living has on all aspects of creative human endeavors. As an example of the museum’s approach, the first exhibit displays brooms from each region. The exhibit surveys the botanical diversity of each zone through the grasses and plants available for the construction of brooms; this also provides insight into contemporary environmental issues (changes in land use patterns and water usage, declining biological diversity, etc.). The exhibit explores the rationale behind the size, shape, and material composition of brooms in relation to the surface the broom is used on (domestic flooring, open ground, cow-dung floors, cement floors, marble floors, etc. – brooms are even used in harvesting grain). It looks at the role of the broom in domestic hygiene. The exhibit examines the development of different manufacturing techniques used in creating brooms, and the distinct craft groups that make them. Reliance on the natural environment for materials to create brooms has resulted in a scarcity situation, elevating the importance of brooms. Further aspects of the role of the broom in society cover rituals involving the worship of brooms, witchcraft, legends & superstitions about brooms, and their artistic usage in paintings, folk tales, epics, and songs. The museum already boasts a collection of about 175 different types of brooms with documentation. Other exhibits follow the theme of staple food zones. The second exhibit displays tools of different crafts.The third exhibit incorporates traditional folk instruments, puppetry and pottery. All future ones, follow the same holistic, interdisciplinary approach to study and presentation that has been outlined above. The museum is built with traditional construction methods, blending in with the environment and creating a harmonious aesthetic appearance. The museum contains space for permanent and temporary exhibits, a full audio/video digital recording studio,a library, space for archives and an open-air auditorium for cultural performances. The grounds of the museum have been beautifully landscaped with desert medicinal plants. The peacefulness and tranquility of the environment quietly casts the spell of Rajasthan upon any visitor, enhancing the appreciation of the resourcefulness of the people who live within it.
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rathod2017
Bharuch, India888 contributions
Arna Jharna: The Desert Museum of Rajasthan
Nov 2018 • Family
Arna Jharna is not a big place as other places in jodhpur city. but if you have time then you should visit. other wise you can skip this place. but if you want to visit then i suggest you to visit this place in rainy days. beauty of this place will double in this. so many greenery will surround you.
Written 24 December 2018
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Rajeev G
3 contributions
thar desert meuseum
May 2018 • Solo
A picnic hot spot found in the desert of Rajasthan. Good collection of instruments which has been used in early days. Must visit place
Written 20 May 2018
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aishlohiya
Jodhpur, India55 contributions
Rainy day visit
Jul 2017 • Friends
This place has its own charm in rainy days. When the water flows through the rocks, it becomes a place worthy enough to hang out with friends.
Written 21 April 2018
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Vilaas
Jodhpur, India810 contributions
A place to learn : Jodhpur
Dec 2017 • Friends
Having read the Oral History of Rajasthan which in a way are conversations of Komal Kothari written by Rustom Bharucha.
It never ceases me the amount of research he has put up on the culture of Rajasthan.
You get to see a flashback of those times in this Museum.What a fine place it is & the book by Rustom Bharucha has never left my bedside table.

The Arna Jharna is for everyone & all ages and a days outing by schools, colleges,institutions .I would say it would be a joy at work outing.You learn a lot.
Written 22 January 2018
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ak_j980
211 contributions
great place to visit
Sep 2017 • Family
we visited it in september and it is rainy season there in september so really enjoyed it.you can watch jhrana during rainy season.it is really well built.
Written 26 October 2017
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pankej k
Faridabad, India46 contributions
Must visit
Dec 2016 • Business
A unique rural experience. A walk to see how in an arid area how water is conserved. How people of this area construct their houses and keep them cool in 50-degree centigrade temperature
Written 18 January 2017
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shaniruddh
Ahmedabad, India130 contributions
Rainy season a must visit place
Aug 2016 • Family
During rains it starts water fall in this area..So the best place to visit around jodhpur when water fall starts..
Written 9 January 2017
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PARUL B
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Explore....
Oct 2016 • Business
Lovely place to visit.... Near the culture and history of Rajasthan.. Well built and catered by Rupayan Sansthan...
Written 21 October 2016
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Scarletbird10
16 contributions
Fascinating and beautiful place
Sep 2016 • Couples
It was a great trip, perfect for getting out of Jodhpur to see the countryside. It's an unusual and immersive experience for a museum and highly recommended, but best to call in advance to check there is an English speaker as we struggled a little with communication. There are, however, plenty of information boards explaining the folkloric instruments and broomstick making in English.
Written 14 September 2016
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Paras G
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My life beutefull moments
Mar 2016 • Friends
It is my village
It's beutefull 😊😊😙😙

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Sabko apna gav acha lgta h vese he muje lagta h
M apne gav se bhut pyar krta hu
Aapko lag rha hoga ki m jock kr rha hu aapko hassi aa rhi hogi na
Aapka hassna shi h bilkul pr
Y right h apna sabko acha lagta h
I love my vellage
Or bhut bhut bhut. ...bhut pyara h
M chata to or bhi English m likh skta tha pr nhi hindi m feeling bhut achi hoti h
Vese bhi hum h to indian
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Y mere whatsup no. Mera gav kesa lga btana agar aap mere gav aa jao tb
Written 5 March 2016
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