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“Arna Jharna : the desert museum of rajasthan”

Arna Jharna: The Desert Museum of Rajasthan
Ranked #35 of 102 things to do in Jodhpur
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Arna Jharna : the desert museum of rajasthan”
Reviewed 5 July 2013

Very Nice place to learn about the folk life of rajasthan. Along with the lovely sunset with the pleasure of aerophonic instrument and the glorious evening programme touches the strings of the heart of mine. Wonderful please and good hospitality

Visited July 2013
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4 Thank ravirajasthan
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arnajharna, Secretary at Arna Jharna: The Desert Museum of Rajasthan, responded to this review, 27 March 2016
We highly appreciate your comments for desert museum of rajasthan.

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Unique”
Reviewed 21 March 2013

well its a unique place, you don't find such museums, very interesting collections, you should visit the Desert Museum when in Jodhpur.

Visited March 2013
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5 Thank Dsheen186338
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arnajharna, Secretary at Arna Jharna: The Desert Museum of Rajasthan, responded to this review, 27 March 2016
Thanks for your kind and honest recommendation for the desert museum of rajasthan.

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Kuldeep Kothari
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Bengaluru, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Experience yourself”
Reviewed 18 January 2013

We went their with our family. Stayed overnight in the camps at this fantastic museum. Nights were cold but early morning was beautiful when you can find all the stars in the sky clearly. Brooms collection was fantastic - it was an eye opener for us that there can be so many types and differ from use as well as region it comes from. Komal kaka has been an inspiration to me and this was like being close to him.

Amazed to know that museum is made of the material from that area only. Have been there few years back and difference which I found this time was its lush greenery and rich flora and fauna retained and grown further. Whole campus is like living on a hill with lots of trekking. Best was sun set where you get a fantastic view of the horizon. Got lots of photographs. Kids learnt a lot rajasthan's art and culture as well as indigenous methods.

Visited October 2012
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5 Thank anoopjain72
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arnajharna, Secretary at Arna Jharna: The Desert Museum of Rajasthan, responded to this review, 27 March 2016
Thanks you for sharing your honest feeling and recommending for potential visitors.


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Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Provides insight”
Reviewed 10 November 2012

This small museum introduces visitors to the desert environment and also to some of the people of Rajasthan via a collections of brushes. It reflects the lifetime work of a collector of oral traditions, and is brought alive by the guided tour. We spent several hours at the museum and would recommend it to anyone with an enquiring mind and a desire to understand more about the people of the area.

Visited October 2012
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6 Thank Eli C
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