12/31/2011

Karni Mata: The Rat Temple



Before heading back to Delhi, we made a final stop outside Bikaner, at a place that could only exist in India. Karni Mata is home to thousands of sacred rats which run freely across the marble grounds. Hindus come from far to pay respects to the reincarnated goddess Karni Mata and her army of healthy and happy rats, themselves reincarnations that have multiplied since temple's 14th century birth. For the temple's bare-footed pilgrims, it is believed to be especially auspicious to spot a white rat among the hordes.











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