Do you know about the Karni Mata Temple – Temple of Rats in Bikaner, Rajasthan?
Karni Mata temple or the “temple of rats” is a very famous temple at Deshnoke, 30km south of Bikaner, and is one of India’s weirdest attractions and a highly popular tourist place amongst devotees that is dedicated to Karni Mata, who is believed to be an incarnation of Maa Durga.
It is famous all over India for having 20,000 black rats that live in the temple and are revered. These rats are considered as holy and are called as “kabbas”. Know more about the Karni Mata Temple – Temple of Rats:
- The Goddess Karni Mata was a part of the Charin clan during her lifetime. It is said that she lived to be 150 years old and remained young and beautiful. After her death, she became a rat and the followers of the Charin believe that once they die, they too will be reincarnated as a rat and subsequently, when a rat dies then it will be reincarnated as a human again.
- These holy rats are revered by their followers as the Charin people believe that the rats of the Karni Mata Temple are their ancestors.
- This temple was designed in Mughal style with beautiful marbles which consist of doors of solid silver built by Maharaja Ganga Singh.
- The temple also has many famous legendary stories and folklore. This temple is also believed to be a place of high faith where people come to seek the blessings of the goddess.
- It is believed that if you see a white rat amongst the thousands of black rats, you’re considered fortunate. Legends say that these white rats are manifestations of Mata Karni who was an incarnation of Goddess Durga and her four sons.
- It is also believed that if a rat is killed by someone then one should replace it with a silver rat.
- Fearlessly feeding the Rats, the devotees come here to receive Goddess’ and rats’ blessings and once these rats nibble food, it is considered auspicious to be served as Prasad.
- Thousands of rats move here and in fact, the authorities take special care to safeguard these treasured beings and also temple is bordered by wires and grills over the temple to prevent birds and other animals from coming in.
- Reaching the temple is not difficult because the city is very well connected through means of transport. Buses, trains and taxis are available easily and the road towards the temple is quite comfortable and accessible. You can also book a flight to Jaipur from the nearest airport and then take a train from Jaipur to Deshnoke.
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Many people from all over India visit this temple just to pay their respect to these rats and get their desires fulfilled and seek the blessing of the good lord.