Photographer's Note

The sculptures represent two soldiers wearing turbans, capes and holding a sword, turned into rats by Karni mata exhibited in the temple courtyard. They have a human body and rat faces.
The rats, known as “kabbas” or “little children,” are fed grains, milk, and coconuts shells from large metal bowls. Water the rats drink from is considered holy, and eating the rats’ leftovers is said to bring good fortune to those making the pilgrimage to the temple. The devotees have another reason to keep the rats safe and happy: according to the temple laws, if one of the rats is accidentally killed, it must be replaced with a rat made of silver or gold.

But there is a bittersweet note to the whole affair. All the sweet foods, the fighting between rats, and the sheer number of animals living in the temple make them prone to diseases. Stomach disorders and diabetes are extraordinarily common among the rats, and every few years a rat epidemic decimates the population. Luckily, despite the dangers to the rats themselves, there are no recorded cases of humans contracting a disease from the temple rats. Shoes are not allowed in the temple, and it’s considered very auspicious for a rat to run over your feet, or for a visitor to glimpse an albino rat, of which there are only four or five out of the twenty thousand. Source :

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  • Copyright: Gueguel Miguel (Miguel82) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 6480 W: 0 N: 6080] (47110)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2005-00-00
  • Categories: Artwork
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2019-10-03 2:35
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