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A visit to the Rats Temple

30 km from the city of Bikaner, located in the state of Rajasthan bordering with Pakistan, there is a temple that could make many people be out of control and get in to panic, all this because the temple is habited by a small rodent that is part of one of the most common fears or fears among people. This is the Karni Mata Temple or commonly known as the temple of rats, there live about twenty thousand rats. This temple was built in 1900 as a tribute to the goddess Karni Mata and the legend says that this was a reincarnation of goddess Durga (the goddess of power and victory). It is said that one day, Karni Mata made a deal with Lama who is considered the god of death, it was that all men who died in his clan will reincarnate in rats until they were ready to be born again in the tribe. So all the people who follow the Hindu religion believe that rats are reincarnations of Karni Mata and of his followers the Sadhus, who are considered holy in Hinduism.

Karni Mata Temple, India, Rast, Bikaner

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