Arna Jharna jodhpur
At a distance of 18.5 km from Jodhpur junction, Arna – Zarna is a desert museum located near the Arna-Zarna temple of Mokalvas village in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur district.
Arna – Sarna Desert Museum was the brainchild of late Komal Kothari, who was a great Indian folk artist and was executed by his son Kuldeep Kothari. The meaning of the word Arna and Waterfall is respectively the forest and spring. Kothari established a non-governmental organization Rupayan Sansthan in 1960 to list and preserve the rich and diverse folk art of Rajasthan.
Arna – Sarna is an interactive place that reflects the lifestyle of people living in villages. Spread over an area of approximately 10 acres, the museum displays various types of brooms related to different rural communities, as well as a unique collection of utensils. Artifacts are fundamentally complex yet because they represent the socio-ecological aspects of people of different cultures. The museum houses a collection of musical instruments from all corners of Rajasthan. There is also a room dedicated to puppets where visitors can learn about making puppetry and play for children as well.
Artists and researchers can participate in various workshops organized here. In addition, special folk music sessions are also organized in the museum. The museum is not only an attempt to showcase traditional art but also the vegetation and organisms of the desert. Today, this place claims about 120 indigenous plants and herbs which attract many local and migratory birds.