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Holy Rats Karni Mata Rat Temple

Discussion in 'North India' started by Dakota, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. Dakota

    Dakota New Member

    I just read a very interesting stone from National Geographic talking about a temple in northwestern India. The city of Deshnoke has a temple they dedicate to rats. The people of this city consider themselves blessed because of the hordes of rats inside this temple. Here rats are scared and people feed them daily.

    This was a very interesting article. I am glad I read this. I don't think I'll be visiting Deshnoke on my trip to India. I am not a rat lover or fan of rats. When I find a rat around my home, I make it my mission to get rid of it.

    Do you think you'd ever go to see the temple?

  2. Sammie

    Sammie Member

    I've heard of this place where the rats are revered and sacred. I've seen a picture of them drinking from a bowl of milk. Don't think I'd visit that one as I can't stand rats or mice.

  3. JManara

    JManara Member

    Yuck! I guess they are used to seeing these rats all over but I just don't think this would appeal to me on my vacation. I saw a rat once and felt the hair on my neck stand on end, it was huge. It had somehow made it's way into our house and my husband couldn't get rid of it fast enough for me.
  4. Vinaya

    Vinaya Member

    I have seen this temple in Nat Geo documentary. When I saw people eating rat leftovers,I felt like puking. Anthropomorphism is a character of Hinduism and you can see people worshiping animals in India.
  5. swalia

    swalia Guest

    I have been to the famous Karni Mata temple in Deshnok.It was a bit scary at first to enter the temple with hundreds of rats running all around. You can even find the rats near the prasadam and relishing the ladoos offered to the deity. Once you get over the initial fear of rats and get accustomed to the rats all around you, you will actually enjoy this temple. It's really a wonder that inspite of hundreds of rats here, this place was safe even when plague broke out in Surat.
  6. Elaine

    Elaine Member

    I have also heard about this. I don't think I would be comfortable visiting a place like this either. I just think it's dangerous and we never know what could happen.
  7. amelia88

    amelia88 Active Member

    Rats are literally one of my biggest, if not my biggest fear - so I can't say that I would be brave enough to go and visit here! I'm almost too scared to even look it up online because I'll freak out!

    I'm sure it would be quirky and interesting though - I do like finding unique things to do on vacations but that might be a little too much for me!
  8. Aidan

    Aidan New Member

    As much as I really love animals, I really feel extremely uncomfortable when it comes to rats. I find them very dirty and dangerous as well.
  9. Daphne

    Daphne New Member

    I really had no idea such a thing existed. I knew about sacred cows in India, but never knew about the rat temple. I am not really sure if I would want to visit a place like this.