Karni Mata TempleCurrently Closed
- Address: National Highway 89, Deshnok, Rajasthan, India, Bikaner
- Timings: 05:00 am - 10:00 pm Details
- Phone: +91-9898467264
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Family And Kids
Quite an iconic temple in deshnok which is located 30 miles south of Bikaner. It is known for being populated with a swarm of rats that are considered very holy. Legend has it the sage Karnimata whose son, Laxman once drowned in a tank and died. The sage forced Yamraj who is the Lord of death to bring him back to life. Moved by the pious mother’s devotion Yamraj breathed life back into Laxman and blessed him successive birth as a rat.
Here, right when you enter you’ll find a lot of rats that scurry around. There’s a bowl of milk kept near the sanctum which is served first to rats, then to visitors as offerings. Although your impulse may tell you not to drink the infested milk, go ahead and try it. Strangely enough the milk does not get contaminated and even the rats are not plague filled. In fact many sweet preparations are made by using the same milk. Even the architecture of the temple is beautiful and is quite intricate.
- There are about 20,000 rats in this temple.
- Remover footwear before entering.
- Video camera: 50 INR
- Still camera: 20 INR
- Ask locals for direction. Walk or take a rikshaw if possible.
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66.15% of people who visit Bikaner include Karni Mata Temple in their plan
07 AM - 08 AM
33.33% of people start their Karni Mata Temple visit around 07 AM - 08 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Karni Mata Temple
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Karni Mata Temple
The temple is famous for the approximately 25,000 black rats that live, and are revered, in the temple. These holy rats are called kabbas. Out of all of the thousands of rats in the temple, there are a few white rats, which are considered to be especially holy. They are believed to be the manifestations of Karni Mata herself and her four sons. Sighting them is a special blessing and visitors put in extensive efforts to bring them forth.
Unique place. Millions of rats inside the temple. Temple is considered to be auspicious and if you find white rat it is cherry on the top. - easy to reach through local busses or via car (good road network). - time required to visit inside temple - around 1 hr. - no entry fees - parking available.
Amazing place and history behind this temple is beyond imagination.. Must visit place for the people who love to travel and explore. Love this place.
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. The temple houses thousands of rats.
Magical place for worship. I always feel something special while every visit. Love this temple!