Karni Mata-an Indian temple where rats are worshipped


Karni Mata-an Indian temple where rats are worshipped

India is an amazing country that has always attracted a lot of interest, which has not abated for centuries. I know firsthand that Indian reality can shock an unprepared person. I am not talking about total poverty, but also about cultural peculiarities. It is enough to recall the aghori sect of sorcerers, the" city of the dead " of Varanansi, or the custom by which the dead are buried in the Ganges. Today I want to tell you about a rather unusual place that will cause a lot of surprise for many. This is the Karni Mata temple, located in the settlement of Deshnok (India), which is known throughout the world as the temple of rats.

Carney Mata

In 1387, a girl named Nari Bai was born in a village near Jodhpur. Even at an early age, others noted her unusual abilities, so even during her life, Nari Bai was recognized as one of the incarnations of the goddess Durga. This girl's behavior was completely unusual. It is because of this that she became known as Karni Mata, which means "irrational mother".

At the age of 28, Karni Mata got married, but she refused to fulfill her marital duties, so she offered her own husband to marry her younger sister. After two years of marriage, she separated from her husband and went to preach in the surrounding area. For ten centuries Karni Mata continued her wanderings until she finally settled in Deshnok.

In 1463, Karni Mata's stepson, named Lakhan, drowned in the city pond. The girl asked the God of death, the God of death, to resurrect him, but the request was ignored. After Karni's refusal, Mata took offense and declared that her stepson, as well as other deceased men from her caste, would never end up in the Yama Kingdom. First they will be reborn in the body of a rat, and then they will become human again.

In 1538, at the age of 151, Karni Mata mysteriously disappeared after a visit to the Maharaja of Jaisalmer. At the end of the 15th century, the Karni Mata temple was built (as a shelter for souls embodied in the form of rats and for the worship of Durga.), at the entrance of which you can see hundreds of stone statues of rats. However, this type of temple acquired only in the early 20th century. It was reconstructed by Ganga Singh.

Rat Temple today

The temple itself has a very light atmosphere. There are more than 20,000 rats in the temple, so it is considered a good sign if the reincarnated run over the legs of visitors or even crawl up their trousers. The temple is completely set up for rats. Several dozen people prepare food around the clock in a special room. By the way, these cooks also eat from the same pot and they are not at all confused by the fact that animals run directly over the products. Several times a day, large vats of milk and water are taken out for the rats. However, they are never hungry, because the pilgrims bring them just countless sweets.

To facilitate the movement of the temple's inhabitants, its walls and floor are dotted with man-made tunnels where the reborn hide in the midday heat. Closer to 4-5 PM, they get out of their hiding places, starting to show activity, playing with each other, completely unafraid of people. They are the rightful owners of the temple.