A place where you see rats all around in a temple
There is a famous rat temple in a small town called Deshnok in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The name of this temple is Karni Mata temple or Karni Mata Mandir. In hindi language "temple" is called as "mandir". This is the place which attracts lot of tourists from all over India and the world. This temple is very famous for rats and there are around 20,000 rats that are fed, protected and worshipped on daily basis. You cannot enter this temple by wearing shoes as this is considered unholy and shows disrespect for the Goddess Karni and her rats.
After entering the temple naked feet, you could see rats all around on the marble floor of the temple and some of the rats may even rise and pass through your feet but they never harm you. In the beginning, even kids may feel scary but later they would also enjoy playing with the rats as they are so friendly. Usually the rats in peoples homes disappear as soon as they see humans, but in this temple they move all around fearless, and never hide themselves as their mother Karni Mata is securing them and they feel that no one can harm them. This is the most magical thing about the rats in this temple. Usually the rats are brown in color, but if, by chance, you can see here a white rat that is considered as a good luck.
Even the discovery channel(national geographic channel) made a small documentary on this temple and it can be viewed on this youtube video. This documentary looks great to me and tells all the true story picturised in a very beautiful way. Spending some time in this temple would be a life changing experience. Taking photos from your camera is also allowed here. The villagers at this place are innocent and not aggressive at all. You would enjoy talking to them though some of them donít understand English. The state of Rajasthan is a place which is very calm and full of deserts. The summer is very hot (40-50 degree) while winter is very cold (0-15 degree).
How to reach Deshnok?
The two most important cities in the Indian state of Rajasthan are Jaipur and Bikaner. Deshnok is just 30 kilometers away from Bikaner. To reach Deshnok from Bikaner either you can hire a taxi, or simply reserve a seat in the bus. There is no rush for tickets as there are so many buses servicing in this route. If you are an international tourist you can reach Bikaner by train from New Delhi as there are no flights. Visit cleartrip.com for more information on trains from New Delhi to Bikaner. Hope that will help in choosing a good holiday destination.
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Written by: Rajesh Bihani ( Find me on Google+ )