Monday, 30 April 2012

Bikaner and The Rat Temple

By Sanne

India has tons of temples but on of the more bizarre ones you find just outside Bikaner in Rajasthan. The Karni Mata temple aka The Rat Temple is as the name suggests a temple full of rats! They are considered holy here and people flock here to sit down and have a bite to eat with a rat friend. Before visiting we were a little concerned as to what we would find - would there be thousands of big sewer rats running around nibbling at your toes??? The reality wasn't so bad. Yes, there are thousands of rats and yes, you do have to watch where you walk so you don't step on one as they scatter across the floor, but they are not too big, more like the size of a pet rat. You'll find them crashed out in the corner sleeping with their friends or gathered around a big bowl of coconut milk. It is considered good luck if you spot a white rat of which supposedly there are 4 or 5 but unfortunately we did not spot one :( It is also considered good luck to share some food with the rats and people queue up to sit down and eat some sweets with them. We were happy to just observe this ritual!

On the way to Bikaner next to some basic desert dwellings

A working camel

And a hardworking donkey/pony!

The Rat Temple

Dinner time!


Doesn't look very comfortable does it?!

Sleepy time...

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