Karni Mata Temple In Bikaner, Rajasthan
Make your holiday experience in Rajasthan more memorable by visiting this one of its kind temple in Bikaner
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About Karni Mata Mandir (Deshnok), Bikaner
The Karni Mata Temple in Bikaner, popularly known as The Rat Temple of Rajasthan, is one of the unique attractions to visit. The Karani Mata Mandir in Bikaner is home to thousands of rats, and attracts tourists from all over the country and the world, who come to worship these rats, feed them, and take home their half-eaten sweets as prasad. The temple lies in the village of Deshnok about 30 km from Bikaner.
History of Karni Mata Temple (Rat Temple)
A famous folklore has it that Karni Mata turned into a rat after she died, and now so do all her followers, who are known as the Charin. It is believed that when anybody from the Charin clan dies, they turn into a rat, and come to the temple to live their life till they die again to be reincarnated into a human being. And thus, the cycle continues. Similarly, there are several other stories that explain the history and origin of the Rat Temple in Bikaner.
Spotting White Rat in the Temple
Spotting a white rat at the Karni Mata Temple in Bikaner is considered to be lucky, and also if the rats scurry over your feet. So, irrespective of when you visit Bikaner, make sure you visit this one of its kind temple to make your holiday more memorable!
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The Karni Mata Temple is situated at a distance of about 30 kilometres from Bikaner. If you want to travel to this temple from the city, you can drive yourself or hire a taxi, which will take around 45 minutes.
The Karni Mata Temple was completed in the late Mughal Style. In front of the temple, there is a beautiful marble facade, which has solid silver doors built by Maharaja Ganga Singh. Across the doorway are more silver doors with panels depicting the various legends of the Goddess.
The Karni Mata Temple is famous for being home to around 20,000 rats that live, and are revered in, the temple.
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