Karni mata mandir is a popular holy shrine of India. This temple is located in Deshnoke, 30km from Bikaner, Rajasthan but it is the unique temple in the city Deshnoke that draws us into the area. It is also known as the temple of rats. These holy rats are called Kabbas and many people travel here to pay their respects.
In the 14th century, goddess Karni has performed many miracles during her existence. As per the stories, once when her youngest son drowned then she asked Yama, to bring him back to life. Lord Yama replied that he couldn’t return her son’s life then being an incarnation, Karni mata announced that her family members would not die no longer and incarnate the form of rats which is called Kabbas and these rats would come back as the members of her family. There are around 600 families that assert to be the descendants of Karni mata.
The rats which are called “Kabbas”, fed cereals, milk and coconut shells from large metal bowls. Drink water, the rats is considered sacred, and the foods of rats remain is said to bring good luck which make the pilgrimage to the temple. The supporters have a different reason, the rats, safe and happy to hold: after the temple laws, if one of the rats killed accidentally, it must be replaced with a rat of silver or gold.
Karni mata mandir, Shoes are not allowed and it is considered very auspicious for a rat to run over your feet. To see the temple in full glory, visitors should come late at night or before sunrise, when the rats are out in full force, gathering food.