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.
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.