Isn't cute? I think it is quite nice. And so similar to its silver image!
The Karni Mata temple lies in Deshnok, only 30km from Bikaner. It was first built in the 15th century, but was completed in the early 1900s by maharajah Gangha Singh who also donated the temple’s beautifully crafted silver gates and many sculpted pieces of white marble.
Thousands of people come here every day to worship and make offerings to these rats.
There are some strange things going on at Karni Mata. Although there are over 20 000 rats living here, and no one prevents them from running away, none of them have ever tried to leave the temple. They walk around the devotees, minding their own business and sometimes climb on their shoulders, head or arms, which is considered to be a sign of blessing.
Kaba, as the Karni Mata rats are called never once attacked any of the temple visitors and in all its history there hasn’t been any report of rat-related diseases. The devotees first offer grains, milk and sweets to the Kaba and then they share the leftovers among themselves. The water from which the Kaba drink is considered holy water.
Another interesting fact about the rats of Karni Mata is that no one really knows how they reproduce. No one has ever seen baby rats in the temple, all the Kaba are the same standard size and weight. The number of rats at Karni Mata has remained constant, around 20 000, ever since anyone can remember.
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isabela_sor (47744) 2010-01-09 0:58
Ha, how did u find this little one right there near that wall!!!???
I have heard about this temple,one of my old friends told me about it and I enjoy now reading your note
Anyway,good timing here,:)
BennyV (14357) 2010-01-09 1:07
What a cute neighbour I have today, Malgorzata! Thanks for the lovely upload.
(And here's something funny: in my red and white buoy pictures I refer to our local football team. Well, actually there's another team playing in my city, one I'm trying really hard not to mention. They are nicknamed 'the rats'...and then your picture pops up next to mine! LOL!!)
rikko77 (10861) 2010-01-09 1:20
wow, this is a great, simple, effective pic! Art and reality together, never so close! I really like this and...wish you a good WE!
yquem46 (38750) 2010-01-09 1:39
I did not dare to go to Deshnoke temple Malgorzata !
Bravo that you did, generally women are depicted as climbing on chairs as soon as a little mouse is passing by! LOL!
Nice shot especially for the juxtaposition of both living and architectural elements
Have a nice WE
Silvio1953 (130236) 2010-01-09 1:42
Ciao Malgorzata, great capture of lovely creature against same silver image, elegant pose, wonderful light and colors, splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
rodgerg (55767) 2010-01-09 1:45
The desicive moment very well colected with the rats very well located. A very orginal and very efficience idea and a very funny shot.
Have a nice WE,
Jeppo (17645) 2010-01-09 2:07
I visited too that temple...and my parents were quite upset when they saw my pictures!
They said: "well, you travelled till India to see rats???"
Ok, they were obviously joking but it is quite interesting for us to see different rituals...
this image is cute because you merged artwork and a living presence together...
riclopes (35577) 2010-01-09 3:19
haha, very well captured, Malgorzata. Fantastic that you got it in a perfect spot for comparison with the silver image. Yes, it's cute and it's a great shot. Love it.
warm regards and my even more delayed best wishes for a Happy New Year,
travelm8 (366) 2010-01-09 3:51
Very clever, well spotted although I prefer the size of the live one!
Some of the rats in India beg belief in their size and audacity, this is positively cute in comparison.
francio64 (39708) 2010-01-09 4:32
eheheheheh! Bella accoppiata. Arte e vita!
Fortuna che uno dei due non era un gatto :))
Ottimo colpo d'occhio.
Sei geniale per questo genere di foto!
Have a nice WE!
Cretense (68695) 2010-01-09 5:08
Beautiful and very original photo and subject! Yeah, they look almost the same! Great composition and framing, great light management, great definition!
jjcordier (78946) 2010-01-09 5:29
Excellent! Bravo pour avoir réussi à voir cette scène et attendre le bon moment pour que ta composition soit parfaite. Un "moment décisif" parfaitement capturé!
feather (51130) 2010-01-09 6:13
I've never heard about this before, but to be sure I wouldn't be there. However this is an excellent capture, as if the rat is deliberately posing next to his engraving. It looks like another one is lurking below; I can see his hair.
Fis2 (89961) 2010-01-09 6:52
Top jest poprostu dobre...
Ale tam musi buc tych stworzen skoro tak latwo je spotkac.
Zestawienie ciekawe aczkolwiek nie za bardzo mile.
jasmis (57906) 2010-01-09 7:45
Zabawne i ciekawe. Dobra robota. Modelka pierwsza klasa.
bmukherjee (1512) 2010-01-09 8:17
Indeed an excellent photo, but if anyone's curious about what that writing says:
Hindi: Jethmal Kothari Bikaner ma ke charan me bhet
English: Jethmal Kothari (name of the philanthopist) is a devotee of the temple of the goddess at Bikaner.
saxo042 (37606) 2010-01-09 9:22
Very nice rats, both of them! With so many rats here, I would believe that the rats themselves know how to reproduce... But this must be a very interesting place to visit, judging from your excellent note!
baddori (20011) 2010-01-09 10:38
Ciao ottima foto .
Il topo ...un attore .
La piastra con simboli ......
Vasa (16816) 2010-01-09 12:43
Your two last pictures are the real documents. This one is the photographic temptation and you excellent result dear Malgorzata. I suppose that your model was not more than one second on that superb position in front of the draw. All compliments dear friend,
cobra112 (15589) 2010-01-09 13:10
Ciao Margherita. A parte l'estrema nitdezza e l'eccellente gestione della luce sei stata anche fortunata a trovare questa simpatica situazione. Complimenti!
polter (7239) 2010-01-09 13:14
Następny w szczurzej serii bardzo udany. Ten prawdziwy bardziej uśmiechnięty, blaszany bardziej wystrojony ;)
Pozdrawiam ciepło T.
ophelcia (0) 2010-01-09 13:32
Jessu, co to? Znaczy wiem co to:) ale że go złapalaś i sobie tak SIEDZI:))))
Znalazłaś doskonały detal i doskonale w czasie zlapałaś gryzonia:)
lousat (82448) 2010-01-10 2:14
Hi Malgo,you was lucky to meet this little mouse in this situation! It's truely a different,unusual and nice pic...eheheh...and what a great quality of sharpness and colors,a very great surprise from your indian trip...My best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano.
cyborg83 (4515) 2010-01-10 2:41
przede mna sporo roboty jesli chodzi o nadrobienie zaleglosci.. Akurat musialem miec najwiecej pracy gdy Ty pokazalas tak piekna podroz! Ale spokojnie - wszystko jeszcze przejrze!!
Tu bardzo ciekawa i wesola scenka - brawo dla Ciebie ze nie ucieklas :) Moja dziewczyna albo by zemdlala albo uciekla sprintem :) Cos czuje ze Indie to chyba nie dla niej :)
Pozdrawiam Cie goraco w ten piekny bialutki dzien!!
Dashab (2564) 2010-01-10 5:34
What a nice capture! It is absolutely fabulous, the rat posing in front of that carving. I must say, the real one is prettier than its silver friend.
Nice composition and excellent sharpness and light management.
Greetings from a white Prague,
PixelTerror (0) 2010-01-10 5:47
He he he nice little folk here, I like how you got the real one and the artwork one side by side, great image
Have a nice sunday JY
Deepforest (9260) 2010-01-10 9:16
Swietne ujecie, bardzo mi sie podoba. Bardzo realistyczne. Mozna wiec porownac szczegoly ryciny na scianie w zestawieniu z rzeczywistym zwierzakiem, ktory zreszta bardzo wdziecznie tutaj pozuje... :o) Dobre swiatlo i kompozycja.
carper (96) 2010-01-10 9:35
marvelous what a shot Malgorzata
well captured, good composition and a fine sharpness, very good one. I like it a lot,
have a good evening.
holmertz (45132) 2010-01-10 14:14
Very charming. This must be the perfect composition for a photo from this temple.
Maged (1907) 2010-01-12 2:44
Excellent timing and capture, colors, light, and sharpness are perfect, even i don't like the rats , but your capture made it looks cute.
ilDottore (5252) 2010-01-12 5:56
To jest dobre!
Zdjęcie które mogłoby zdobić okładkę każdego albumu o Indiach.
Wspaniale wypatrzone - moje gratulacje!
kmangwani (338) 2011-07-01 21:50
This is an exceptional post. Life and Art seen in the same context and the poses are so much similar as if the life is trying to imitate the background art. Very vivid and decisively taken shot.
- Copyright: Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) (86303)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-11-24
- Categories: Daily Life, Humorous, Ceremony, Artwork
- Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-01-09 0:54