The amazement relating to Karni Mata temple in Rajasthan.

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The article speaks about amazement relating to Karni Mata temple in Deshnok in Rajasthan. It is around 35 kilometers away from Bikaner is famous for rats residing there.

Karni Mata temple.

Karni Mata temple is an amazing temple in Deshnok in Rajasthan. It is situated around 35 kilometers away from Bikaner and 65 kilometers away from Nagaur.


The most intriguing aspect of the temple is the 20,000-odd rats that call this temple home. These holy rats are called kabbas, and many people travel great distances to pay their respects.


The legendary story relating to Karni Mata temple is as follows. Laxman, Karni Mata's stepson (or the son of one of her storytellers), drowned in a pond in Kapil Sarovar in Kolayat Tehsil while he was attempting to drink from it. Karni Mata implored Yama, the god of death, to revive him. First refusing, Yama eventually relented, permitting Laxman and all of Karni mata's male children to be reincarnated as rats.

Other folklore.

There is other folklores related to Karni Mata. The story behind rats at the temple is different according to some local folklores. Local folklores say that 20,000 strong army men deserted a nearby battle and came running to deshnoke. Upon learning the sin of desertion, punishable by death, Karni Mata spared the lives but made them rats and offered the temple as the future place of stay. The army of soldiers expressed their gratitude and promised to serve Karni Mata lifelong.


If visitors are coming from Jodhpur they can book a cab. It is around 180 kilometers away from Jodhpur requiring 3 and half hours drive.

White rats.

Among the entire clan of black rats, there are few white rats in the temple. Pilgrims feel that seeing the white rats is very pious because they are the re-incarnations of Karni Mata.


The temple of Karni Debi Mata was completed by Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner in the early 20th century.

Source of Photos: The photos are taken by the private camera of Dr Souvik Chatterji during visit to Nagaur in January, 2015.


Visitors offer puja with coconuts, sweets and flowers in the Karni Devi temple and ask the blessings of the Goddess.


Visitors come from different parts of the world. The temple's name is there in Guiness Book of World Record for the existence of Rats.

Deshnok station.

Visitors can come to Deshnok station by train also. And then they can offer puja in the Karnidevi Mata Temple.

Source of photos: The photos are taken by the Private camera of Dr Souvik Chatterji during visit to Nagaur and Deshnok in January, 2015.


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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
13th Jan 2015 (#)

Intersting post Souvik and my best for your wonderful family!

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author avatar Souvik
13th Jan 2015 (#)

Thanks Fern for the wonderful comments.

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