Sulabh Int’l Museum of Toilets: Offbeat, Bizarre, Fun-filled and Informative | Source: Sulabh International, May 17 2016 |
A trip to the Sulabh International Museum of Toilets at Sulabh Gram in Delhi, is a fun filled walk through history of sanitation practices from across the world — an experience that is unique, somewhat bizarre and deeply informative.
The museum has on display more than 300 exhibits comprising of Photographs, models, originals, jokes, literature, replicas, cartoons and so on. It is also an important haunt for those researching on the subject of sanitation. As of now, there are a total of nine toilet museums in the world. Sulabh’s was the first such museum when it started in 1992.
This museum secured the 3rd position on TIME magazine’s ‘World’s 10 Weirdest Museums’ compiled in the magazine’s November, 2014, edition. Its popularity can be gauged by the fact that it receives approximately 10,000 visitors per year.
Varun Kumar, Assistant Curator at the museum, takes me on a study tour of the museum. Varun dispels the theory that the water closet flush toilet is a western invention.
Pointing to photographs of remains of the Harappan settlements, he explains: “WC flush toilet was invented in India. It was in use in India in the Harappan settlements since at least 2500 BC. It was a sitting water closet pour flushed toilet with a bucket of water acting as a flush due to which the excreta got drained into a covered drain which disposed it outside the city not contaminating the water sources or rivers”.
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