Rajasthani man with rat. Bikaner Rat Temple. Rajasthan. India by Hugh Sitton for Stocksy United

Rajasthani man with rat. Bikaner Rat Temple. Rajasthan. India

Karni Mata was a female Hindu sage born in the Charan caste and is worshiped as the incarnation of the goddess Durga by her followers.[1] She is an official deity of the royal family of Jodhpur and Bikaner. She lived an ascetic life and was widely revered during her own lifetime. At the request of the Maharaja of Bikaner, she laid the foundation stone two important forts in the region. The most famous of her temples is the temple of Deshnoke, which was created following her mysterious disappearance from her home. The temple is famous for its rats, which are treated as sacred and given protection in the temple.
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Uploaded 23 March, 2013
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