Rat takes the cheese

Cute, actually

About 30 kilometers from Bikaner, in the pilgrimage town of Deshnok, we toured the Karni Mata mandir, home to a collection of holy rats. Karni Mata, a 14th-century Hindu sage and incarnation of Durga, in a fight with another god, gave protection to a band of storytellers who became reincarnated as rats.

They now live (barely, in many cases) in a temple where they are worshipped. Many pilgrims bring them food and other “gifts.” More photos below.

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