The Rat Temple in Deshnoke, a few kilometers from Bikaner, is very well known to travelers to Rajasthan. When we visited it in 2015, we were lucky enough to come across a party that certainly spoiled the visit of the rats a bit, but people are still so much more interesting ...

The famous rat temple was celebrating. We preferred to stay outside not because of the presence of rats but because of that of a compact and very large crowd which would have deprived us of an optimal visit anyway.

There are many videos showing these rats, but not much retracing the atmosphere in front of the temple on a feast day.


about the place, Deshnoke:

Deshnoke is a small town in Rajasthan with about 20,000 inhabitants. It is famous for its Karni Mata temple which was built around 600 years ago. This temple is dedicated to rats and houses 25,000 of them. Legend has it that Laxman, the son of Karni Mata, a Hindu warrior, reincarnation of the goddess Durga, drowned and Karni Mata implored Yama to resuscitate him, which he refused. Later he agreed to revive Laxman, as well as all of Karni Mata's male children in the form of rats.

Karni Mata would therefore have had 25,000 male children ... but hey, she was not of divine origin for nothing.



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Deshnoke, Rajasthan, India