Photographer's Note

I simply can't resist the temptation to show the set of photos of the rat temple in Deshnoke.
The visit to this temple was quite a terrific experience. But I and my friends wouldn't miss it!
The story of this temple is such:
The Goddess Karna Mata was a part of the Charin clan in her lifetime. She lived to be 150 years old and remained young and beautiful. After her death, she became a rat.

The followers of the Charin believe that once they die, they too will be reincarnated as a rat and subsequently, when a rat dies, it will be reincarnated as a human again.

And so the cycle continues. These holy rodents are revered by their followers as the Charin People believe that the rats of the Karni Mata Temple are their ancestors. An interesting fact is that these rats never leave the temple even though they are free to do so.
It is considered lucky to spot a white rat and we managed to see one scamper around the grounds. And it is true - am I not lucky? It is also considered auspicious to have rats scamper over your toes. Unfortunately, they didn't like our feet. :).

Better see these close ups!

There are also two Workshops.

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