Karni Mata Temple Deshnok

Karni Mata Temple Deshnok

India is a place of mystical things, and one such thing is the Karni Mata Temple. The main temple is situated in Deshnok which is 30 Kms away from Bikaner, Rajasthan. Several people flock the temple for receiving blessings from Karni Mata. The temple is popularly known as the Temple of Rats in Rajasthan. It is quite easy to take any transport to the Deshnok Karni Mata Temple from the main city of Bikaner.

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Like any other tale of India, the Temple of Rats in India holds an interesting story as well. It goes in two directions. In the first legend, Karni Mata is a woman of the Charni Clan and has lived gracefully until the age of 150. It is said that she was reborn as a rat after her death. So, her ancestors flock the temple as the reincarnated rats. The people also believe that the rats will also reincarnate as the former human self after they die. But there is yet another story, which follows more on the religious side.

In this story, Karni Mata is the incarnation of Goddess Durga. In her lifetime she healed many people who came to her. She is devoted to having a hand in constructing the Karni Mata temple present in Deshnok. When her youngest son died due to drowning, she pleaded Lord Yama to bring him back. Lord Yama refused to do the job, but later Karni Mata changed into Goddess Durga and revived her son. She gave a boon of eternal life to the clan. After the death, the people changed into rats and then again into human beings. So, the cycle of living continuously. Deshnok is the main location of the temple, and about 600 families believe to be the descendants of Karni Mata.

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Karni Mata Temples

One of the most sought out temples in India is the ones that are dedicated to Karni Mata. The temples are mainly famous for the black rats that attract curious tourists from all around the world. There are three main temples of Karni Mata in India out of which Deshnok Temple is the main one and the other two being in Udaipur and Alwar district.

Deshnok Temple:

The temple was built in the 15th century by Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner. One of the main things that attract most of the tourists about this temple is the existence of around twenty thousand rats. They are considered to be sacred and auspicious rather than being treated as pests. These rats are worshipped by millions of people. This temple is not only famous amongst Indians but even amongst the foreigners. Tourists from foreign lands also come to this sacred temple to worship Karni Mata. The rats are known as Khabas. One striking thing to note here is the fact that the pandits at first provides the prasadam to the khabas and then to the followers and other devotees.  One of the most miraculous things about this place is that despite it being filled with rats it is free of plague or other diseases. According to the popular belief, the rats are considered to the incarnation of dead ancestors of Charan Clans. It is believed that when a rat dies out here, they are born as humans.


One of the other main temples that are dedicated to Karni Mata is the Shri Manshapurna Karni Mata Temple which is nestled in the Machla Hills of Udaipur. The temple had been deserted for a very long period; however, it was rebuilt by Shri Manshapurna Karni Mata Development Committee in 1997.


Another main temple dedicated to Karni Mata is situated in the Alwar District of Rajasthan. The temple is situated in the heart of the city near Bala Quila and Sagar Palace.

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The White Rat

One of the most curious things about the Karni Mata temple deshnoke is the white rats. They are rare and getting a glimpse of them is considered lucky. People often wait for hours to have a glance at them.

People who have visited the Karni Mata Temples have had the unique and divine experiences. If a person would like to experience a form of a miracle then they should visit these temples. It is said that people who have true faith in Karni Mata are never left disappointed.

Another fascinating fact about the temple of rats is that during the plague which affected hundreds of people the town of Deshnok was still left unaffected which was nothing short of a miracle