The mystical Karni Mata Temple and its rat residents

Karni Mata Temple, also known as the Rat Temple, is home to around 25,000 rats, revered as sacred beings. The temple's unique rituals and the fascinating lore surrounding it make it a must-visit destination for those seeking an extraordinary cultural experience.

The temple is devoted to Karni Mata, believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Durga. Legend says she persuaded Yamaraj to reincarnate Charana clan descendants as rats. These rats, called 'kabas,' reside in the temple and are thought to regain human form within the same clan after death.

The legend of Karni Mata 

Devotees and visitors to the temple often hope to come in contact with these sacred rats. Spotting a rare white rat, believed to symbolize the reincarnation of the goddess, is considered a sign of good fortune and prosperity.

The rituals of the rat temple

Feeding the rats is seen as making an offering to Goddess Durga. Surrounding the temple, stalls are generously stocked with rat-friendly delicacies. The food nibbled on by the rats is considered holy, and devotees often consume the leftovers.

Feeding the rats

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The temple's in-house museum chronicles the extraordinary life and miraculous powers of Karni Mata through a series of images and informational placards. It offers a fascinating insight into the temple's history and significance.

The in-house museum 

Some seek good fortune and blessings, while others hope to fulfil vows and make offerings. Many are drawn to the unique cultural and spiritual experience the temple offers.

Why visit the Karni Mata Temple? 

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