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About Karni Mata Mandir

Around 20,000 rats will crawl around you, eat with you, walk with you! This is the strange but the most interesting thing about the Karni Mata Temple in Bikaner. The temple was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh during his reign. The striking frontage of the temple is entirely built in marble. One can see a pair of silver doors before the main shrine of the goddess. It is believed that these solid silver gates were offered by Maharaja Gaj Singh when he first visited the temple. The main shrine of the Goddess is placed with holy things at her feet and is surrounded by the rats all around. Around 20,000 rats are seen in the temple premises that are fed and protected by the priests. These rats are called ‘kabbas’ and are believed to be sacred. You’ll find rats almost everywhere engaged in various activities like eating from huge metal bowls of milk, sweets, and grains. The most striking feature of the temple is that if a rat runs across your feet or eats your ‘prasaad,' it is regarded auspicious. And a glimpse of white rat among thousands of black rat is considered fruitful.

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  • Best Time to Visit Early Morning, Evening
  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Family, Couple
  • Not Allowed Footwear, Pets

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