Karni Mata Temple - The Home of Rates

The Karni Mata Hindu temple which is about 30kms from south of Bikaner in a small town called Desnok.It's also commonly called the "rat temple" also marked exit from Rajasthan back to New Delhi.The temple is world famous for its numerous rats - the only temple in the world where rats are worshiped.

Karni Mata temple was built by Maharajah Ganga Singh in the early 1900s as a tribute to the rat goddess, Karni Mata and the most intriguing aspect of it, is that it’s home for over 20.000 worshiped rats.

Thats a lovely temple. I have visited there last year when I went to Rajasthan.There is a white rat too and watching that is considered very lucky.This temple is awesome infact.

The legend behind this temple is that Karni Mata, a matriarch from the 14th century was a reincarnation of Durga, the goddess of power and victory. at one point one of her clansmen’s child died and she tried to bring it back to life only to be told by Yama, the god of death that he had already reincarnated as a rat. Karni Mata struck a deal with Tama, that all her dead clansmen would reincarnate as rats, until they were ready to be born again into the tribe.

If you want to know more you can check out the website listed in the picture. It may not be the 8th wonder in the world but it will make you wonder.

1 comment:

Ruzin Grasshopper said...

I am agree with you that it's a nice story. But I think I will vomit if I visit the temple. It must be disgusting.

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