Here’s one that is made from daab grass that is considered auspicious and is used in cleaning places of worship and those associated with food. In many places in Rajasthan, a broom is worshiped as Lakshmi and the state has a separate god and goddess of brooms.
Often the brooms are adorned with artistic weaving to hold them together instead of conventional tin cases or rubber strips. The brooms, as a common denominator, serve as a window into the lifestyle and traditions of the people associated with it.
Those used outside are always male and are made from hard twigs given that they have to often clean small pebbles and other relatively heavier refuse. The masculine word for a broom in Marwari is bungra and a feminine one is bungri.
The museum houses about 150 different kinds of brooms, each of them collected from makers and users in Rajasthan. They have been divided according to their gender – those used outside are male and those inside are female.
The museum is located is located in Moklawas, a small village about 20 kilometres away from Jodhpur. It was surrounded by an arid landscape, much of which has been greened using harvested rainwater from a nearby pond