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Karni Mata Mandir – A Temple of Rats in Rajasthan

Karni Mata Mandir – A Temple of Rats in Rajasthan

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There are various places to visit in Rajasthan but mainly it is famous for majestic forts, Thar Desert and beautifully built temples and havelis and also places in Rajasthan are famous for lakes like Udaipur. And due to these tourist places, a large number of tourists get attracted towards them. There are various places to visit in Jodhpur, Jaipur, Udaipur, Bikaner and Jaisalmer nut some Rajasthan tourist places will completely bamboozle you with their beauty and uniqueness.

Bikaner is also home to several renowned tourist attractions, with the magnificent forts and exciting camel rides being two of them. However, the state is also famous for the uniqueness of the Karni Mata Temple, also known as the Shri ManshapurnaKarni Mata Temple. The uniqueness of this temple stems from a fascinating tradition followed here for a long time. Here, rats, lots of them, are extended the same respect and looked upon with the same devotion as the deities presiding at the temple. For that same reason, this temple is also known as the “Temple of Rats.”

There is an interesting tale behind how the rats came to be accorded a divine status in this temple. It’s believed that the Goddess Karni Mata, as part of the Charin clan during her lifetime, lived for around 150 years while retaining her youthful looks and beauty. Upon her death, she was converted into a rat. Followers of the Charin clan believe that upon their death, they are reincarnated as rats while the rats, upon meeting theirs, are reincarnated as humans.

As if all this wasn’t captivating enough, it has also been observed that the rats prefer not to leave the premises of the temple despite the absence of any obstacles in their way. It’s easy to understand why, though. It’s the “kingdom of the rats” here!

Then, there is the case of the white rat. Coming across one is considered to be extremely auspicious and if you do spot one, it’s your day. However, the chances of spotting the elusive white rat are next to none. The devotees swarming the temple always keep him on the steady, and before you know it, he scampers back in his hole before you can even blink.

While visiting Jodhpur there is a list of hotels to choose from but Hotel Ajit Bhawan is the best luxury hotel in Jodhpur located just 4.7 km from Jaswant Thada, one of the famous tourist places in Jodhpur.

 

 

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  • July 24, 2018
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