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.

According to local, lore, it’s an auspicious sign if a kaba (holy rat) touches you; a rather blind one ran smack into my leg. It’s even more lucky if you spot a white rat. We did not.

Also, perhaps proving their rats-with-wings stereotype, a lot of pigeons hang out too.

Some of them aren't doing so well these days

Rat icons... hrmmm...

Watch where you step

Filthy but fun

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2 Responses to “Rat takes the cheese”

  1. Royal Says:
    May 3rd, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Those rat tails are icky.

  2. Sara Says:
    May 4th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    That is the cutest rat picture I’ve ever seen (which isn’t saying much, but it’s cute).

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