Reverence for all living things is a special trait of Hinduism. But nothing prepares you for the freak show at this temple in Rajasthan overrun by thousands of overfed rats. There are more than 20,000 of them living within the temple precincts and people come from far and wide to pay them obeisance
Rodents have the run of the Karni Mata temple in Rajasthan. Devotees believe them to be reincarnated descendants of Karni Mata, herself a 14th century reincarnation of the Hindu goddess Durga.
The temple is located in village Deshnok, 30 kilometres from Bikaner on the Jodhpur-Bikaner Highway. It is called the Karni Mata temple after the resident deity, the progenitor of the rats.
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