The Karni Mata Temple in Bikaner, popularly known as The Rat Temple of Rajasthan, is one of the unique attractions to visit. The temple 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.
Karni Mata Temple History
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 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!