Holy Rats! Karni Mata – Rat Temple (32 PICS)

rat temple - Karni Mata

Karni Mata, the Rat Temple, at Deshnoke, Rajasthan, India. Rats are inside the temple and crawling outside too. In fact, rats are everywhere at Karni Mata! Here, at the Rat Temple, rats are sacred and people consider themselves lucky to get close to hordes of rats. Photo #1 by Enric Bach

This is as close as we were willing to go as there were loads more lucky rats inside!

The honest photographer noted, “This is as close as we were willing to go as there were loads more ‘lucky’ rats inside!” Photo #2 by Avid Hills

danila - Karni Mata

This is no Disney World with the famous Mickey Mouse. And Danila (Danila85 from Live Journal) was brave enough to venture into Karni Mata in India. Photo #3 by Danila

danila - rat temple Karni Mata

Karni Mata was a female mystic and supposedly an incarnation of the Hindu goddess Durga. This Rat Temple was named after her. Danila explained that people are required to take off their shoes before entering the Hindu temple Karni Mata as well as any articles of leather. Photo #4 by Danila

brave danila close to rats feeding

Danila was extraordinarily brave, getting close enough to the feeding rats inside the temple to snap many great shots. Photo #5 by Danila

danila - live journal rat temple

There are rats climbing and sleeping on the gates. Photo #6 by Danila

rat temple - rats in dung

Rats running through dung piles at Rat Temple – Karni Mata. Photo #7 by Danila

There are rats sleeping on the wall. Danila said there are rats everywhere! Photo #8 by Danila

rat temple rat infestation

In fact, Danila called it a “rat infestation” at Rat Temple. I don’t care how lucky these rats are supposed to be, I’d be freaking out inside Karni Mata! Photo #9 by Danila

Bowl of Rats at Karni Mata in India. Photo #10 by Owen (owenstache)

Feeding rats at rat temple

These lucky rats live a very pampered life. If you are wondering why, legend has it that the female Karni Mata implored Yama, the god of Death, for a special gift. Yama at first refused, but the the god of death relented, permitting Laxman and all of Karni Mata’s male children to be reincarnated as rats. Photo #11 by Danila

Holy rats at rat temple

Holy rats at Rat Temple. Photo #12 by Barabeke

Karni Mata Temple, Deshnoke, Rajasthan, India

Karni Mata Temple, Deshnoke, Rajasthan, India. In 1538 AD, the female mystic Karni was supposedly traveling with some of her followers. She asked her caravan to stop for water. It was then that 151-year-old Karni disappeared. Photo #13 by Shakti

Karni Mata temple, in the Bikaner district

Hundreds of thousands of barefoot people come inside Karni Mata temple, in the Bikaner district of India. Photo #14 by Vberger

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Rats, rats, and more hungry yet pampered rats at Karni Mata temple. Photo #15 by Shakti

eek at karni mata

I’m not knocking anyone’s religion – to each his/her own, but I don’t understand this love of rats. To me, it’s EEK! Rats! Photo #16 by Danila

Gates crawling with rats at rat temple Karni Mata

Gates crawling with rats at Rat Temple Karni Mata. Photo #17 by Ian Armstrong

Karni Mata Temple, India

Karni Mata Temple, India. Here rats are considered protected and sacred. If a rat is killed, it must be replaced by one made out of solid gold. Photo #18 by Shakti

rat temple - Rats plus Pigeon equals sanitary

The photographer commented, “Rats plus Pigeon equals sanitary.” Photo #19 by Jeremy Vandel

ornament on rat temple - warning rats are inside and cherished

There is little wonder to see such a fine ornament on Rat Temple – warning rats are inside and cherished. Photo #20 by Danila

more rats at rat temple

More rats at Rat Temple Karni Mata. Depending how you feel about rats, this might totally freak you out with such huge rat numbers. Photo #21 by Danila

rats sleeping and eat - rough life at Karni Mata

Rats sleeping and eat, not such a rough life for rats at Karni Mata. Photo #22 by Danila

They sleep in small groups in the rat temple

They sleep in small groups in the Rat Temple. Photo #23 by Danila

rats in milk at karni mata

Rats in milk at Karni Mata. Photo #24 by Phil Robinson

Inside Karni Mata

Inside Karni Mata. Photo #25 by Parag Sankhe

rats at rat temple

Big surprise, more rats inside Karni Mata. Photo #26 by 4ocima / enhanced by Zappernapper

Karni Mata Mandir in Deshnoke, Rajasthan, India

And . . . yes, even more rats feeding inside Karni Mata Mandir in Deshnoke, Rajasthan, India. Photo #27 by Madelon van de Water Noledam

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Starting to see a reoccurring theme here? Rats are coming out of everywhere! Photo #28 by Danila

rat drinking milk

Rat drinking milk. Photo #29 by Danila

pampered rats at rat temple

Pampered rats at Rat Temple. Photo #30 by Danila

Karni Mata rats everywhere

I’m afraid I’d go running out of the temple, screaming! Photo #31 by Danila

rat temple - rats rats rats

Rat Temple – rats rats rats. You know, many of the posts that I do about beautiful or bizarre places, I wish I could go there. But these photos are all the closer I want to get to so many rats at one time, whether they are lucky or not! Photo #32 by Danila

22 thoughts on “Holy Rats! Karni Mata – Rat Temple (32 PICS)

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  4. Approximately 10 years ago, either National Geographic or CBS 60 minutes produced a documentary on this temple and showed more detailed description of the temple and interviewed priests and devotees of the temple.
    YH

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    • hello christy
      I am yogesh kumar i am a student and i will go that tempal 5 june ,i have alredy visit this temple is you want visit there so please call me or come with me this is my number i live in gurgaon near delhi you can contact to me
      Best Wishes

  6. Great photographer but these rat photos were sick…the temple must be burned down to ashes…so with this sick indian people…why worship these evil creatures that spread disease to mankind…it’s totally disgusting…yuck

    • Evil creatures, do you really believe that? No animal is evil, that’s just ridiculous. Rats are intelligent, social creatures. Ohe ones we have domesticated – from the wild brown rats, not the black ones that were vectors for plague-bearing fleas by the way – make great pets.

      I doubt there is any disease among this rat population that could affect people in any way. In fact currently impact from diseased rats is pretty non existent. People get sick from PET rats far, far less often than from infected dog bites or parasites from cats just as one example.

  7. I don’t get it with all the being scared of rats and saying how freaked out you would be? What exactly do you think they are going to do to you, make themselves 10 times bigger and eat you?

    I have 5 pet rats at home and they are lovely!

    And to the person above who says they are disgusting and spread disease – you are rather uneductated. They don’t spread disease anymore than a domestic cat or dog would. People like you who are so quick to judge are disgusting.

  8. Very very very disgusting!! Seems like Indians really really don’t know what is hygiene and proven in any areas. Rats carry diseases and look horriblely disgusting!! Thank you for sharing the pictures and you’re brave to go close to those creatures~! I will never can!!

  9. Friends! On behalf of all here let me congratulate our brother photographer for his awesome.
    You will all agree with me that ” Not a blade of grass moves without HIS will’ It is sheer grace of Karni Mata that our photographer brother could achieve this amazing feat! Hats off!Once again. Hail Karni Mata !! # Roses & Brickbats Welcome! #

  10. Well, there are different kinds of rats. The ones most people fear are the ones we see on the street, ready to spring at you and bite. We call them sewer rats, and generally, they’re huge and hungry. The little creatures pictured here seem a lot smaller, and because they are fed and perhaps with their families, they seem less aggressive. They more resemble the kind of rats we have as pets here.

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