In the remote village of Deshnoke in Udaipur, India is the most curiosities in the world. It is the Hindu temple of Karni Mata, also known as the Temple of the Rats which is located 30 kilometers from the city of Bikaner in the Indian Rajasthan area. Here devotees travel long distances to pay honor to 20 thousand rats. Here these things are considered sacred, as they are thought to be rebirth of the descendants of a Hindu goddess.
It is unknown when the temple began to be built, since this town was an important place of pilgrimage since before the death of Karni Mata. However, it is known that it was finished at the beginning of the 20th century in the late Mughal style, and his work was directed by the Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner. The temple has marble facade and solid silver doors, and consists of a long corridor in which various legends of the goddess are painted. The entrance to the public begins at 4 in the morning, and includes both fervent believers and curious tourists. One of the most important details is that all visitors must remove their shoes and go barefoot to the venue, which discourages many of the curious. Rats are in this temple more important than people; they are considered as protectors and servants of the goddess and if by mistake or decision, a visitor killed any, must return its weight in gold.
Throughout the year, thousands of Hindus come to pay their tributes to these particular servants of the goddess, who feed them with fruits, sweets and milk that they bring specifically for them. The contact with the “kabbas” is very well seen and it is considered a good omen that one passes over your foot. Visitors can spend a whole day interacting with the animals, hoping that one will favor them and looking with one of the few white rats that live in the sanctuary, which are considered the direct reincarnation of Karni Mata or, at least, of one of your children. It is believed that whoever sees one of these rats will be blessed for a whole year. Likewise, the visitors look for pieces of food that the rats leave behind, since being able to eat them is considered a blessing. Visitors to the Karni Mata temple have not diminished over the years. His followers rescue his asceticism, his celibacy and his ability to bring good to the people, and consider that by serving the kabbas they will honor his memory and obtain his blessings. Meanwhile, these little animals, which are persecuted and murdered all over the world, enjoy their own special and safe haven in this particular Hindu temple.
You can get there by train, bus or rickshaw. Being a tourist place there are many options available. In addition, Bikaner is only 30 km from Deshnoke, so in less than an hour you should arrive.
There is some important information about Karni Mata. It is a place of worship in India, so it is essential to take off your shoes to enter. Visiting Hours for the Karni Mata Temple 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The price of the entrance to the temple is free. Tip is usually left to pick up shoes.
Nearby places of Karni Mata Temple.
Bagore-ki-Haveli: – In Bagore-ki-Haveli, the refined residence of a former prime minister of the eighteenth century, we can see performances of Rajasthan dances, in addition to its mirror and crystal incrustations, the Mewari frescoes and the mosaics of peacocks.
Fateh Sagar Lake: – North of the Pichola, we find the Fateh Sagar Lake surrounded by mountains and which houses the Nehru Park, a garden island with a boat-shaped cafeteria. On its banks, we have the Shaheliyon-ki-Bari or Garden of the maidens, a small garden built for a princess who worshiped the rain and used as a resting place and walks for the ladies of the court. It has fountains, marble elephants and a beautiful lotus pond.
Shilpgram: – 3 km. To the west, you can visit Shilpgram, a village of artisans with examples of mud huts traditions and decorative objects from various states of India, where artisans carry out performances and exhibitions of their works.
Ahar:- Two other places that I would like to point out are Ahar, the former capital of the Sisodias, in whose vicinity we find more than 250 cenotaphs of the royal family; and very specially, Sajjan Garh, the palace of the Monzón, point that gives us the best views of the sunset.
Ranakpur: – A little further away, about 60 kilometers away is Ranakpur, one of the largest and most important complexes of Jain temples.
Lake Pichola: – beautiful point to enjoy the elegance of sunrise and sunset should visit Lake Pichola. The whole place is spectacular and is a unique mix of water and land bought a nickname from the Venice of the East. One can enjoy the boat cruises and the majestic temples and the wonderful nature surprises every traveler.
City Palace: – A fascinating royal palace of Udaipur, the city palace is a must-see site and mix of medieval, Chinese, European styles. The impressive palace owes a sign of uniqueness and the magnificent place with gardens, impressive architecture, courtyards and many more attracts travelers.
Jag Mandir: – A charming temple of Udaipur and the place that is charged with exceptional beauty. The Gul Mahal, together with Lake Pichola and the surrounding gardens are the place to be explored along with the popular Jag Mandir.
Kumbhalgarh Fort: – One of the wonderful forts located in Rajasthan, Kumbhalgarh Fort is one of the strongest constructions and is the birthplace of the greatest ruler Maharana Pratap. The impressive fort is located at the peak of Aravali is a place worth exploring during holidays in the princely state of Rajasthan.
In Udaipur many another places which can’t forget in your life such as Vintage Cars Museum, Sahelion ki Bari, Sajjan Garh and not only in Udaipur, all the Rajasthan is dynamic and most colorful place in India. Feel all the color of Rajasthan and adopt it in your life.
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