?10 Interesting Facts About Karni Mata Temple in Bikaner?

?The Shree Karni Mataji Temple is unique and the only one of its kind in the world. In many ways, the temple is a symbol of man-animal coexistence and harmony. The temple where rats roam freely and unhindered may seem bizarre to some, but for some, there is a rationale behind what they say and this is hemmed by a strong belief in the deity who presides over the temple, Shree Karni Mataji.

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History of the temple

History of the temple

?The Karni Mata temple which is seen today was built by Maharajah Ganga Singh in the early 20th century. ?

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Temple of the rats

Temple of the rats

?The temple is believed to have over 25,000 rats which are also known as, “Kabbas.” ?

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Offerings eaten by rats

Offerings eaten by rats

The offerings that have been partially eaten by the rats are considered sacred. ?

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Food Shared with the rats

Food Shared with the rats

?An amazing fact is that in spite of the thousands of rats scampering inside the Karni Mata Temple, and even the food shared by locals with the rats, there has never been a reported incident of plague or any other sickness. ?

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Rats as soldiers

Rats as soldiers

?One legend has it that the thousands of rats that inhabit the temple were soldiers who deserted and fled the battlefield, they faced death as punishment, but owing to the benevolence of Karni Mata, were spared and lived as rats in the temple. ?

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Connection with Laxman

Connection with Laxman

?Another legend has it that Karni Mata’s son named Lakshman fell dead after drinking water from a well. Karni Mata beseeched the God of Death Yama to revive him. Yama agreed with the condition that Karni Mata and her descendants would reincarnate as rats. ?

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Rats never step out of the temple

Rats never step out of the temple

It is remarkable that thousands of rats live inside the Karni Mata temple, but they do not step out of the main door of the temple. ?

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Replacement of dead rats

Replacement of dead rats

?Even if a single rat is accidentally killed in the Karni Mata Temple, it is said that it must be replaced with a rat of similar size, made of solid Gold. ?

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Fair held at the temple

Fair held at the temple

?A fair is held at the Karni Mata temple twice a year during Navratri, once during March or April and again during September or October. ?

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Rats found only in the temple at Deshnok

Rats found only in the temple at Deshnok

?Many temples are dedicated to Karni Mata in the state of Rajasthan, but the one in Deshnok is the only one with rats. ?

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