Karni Mata Temple

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deshnok, near bikaner, rajasthan. feeding the holy incarnations.
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Il Tempio Dei Topi – India

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Rat Worship in India

Rat Worship in India
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Rat Farm Open Slideshow

Vintage Snowmobile Racing 1-26-08 Stompin’ Tom Connors
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“Marvelous chai” Lucinate’s photos around Bikaner, India

A TripAdvisor™ TripWow slideshow of a travel blog to Bikaner, India by TravelPod blogger Lucinate titled “Marvelous chai!” Lucinate’s travel blog entry: “We had to stop over in Jodhpur for one day/night which we did, ran into the seppos again, did nothing for the day then next morning…
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rani sati dadi aarti

Aarti of Rani sati dadi at Jhunjhunu temple.

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“Vermin worship” Wanderingkat’s photos around Bikaner, India

A TripAdvisor™ TripWow slideshow of a travel blog to Bikaner, India by TravelPod blogger Wanderingkat titled “Vermin worship” Wanderingkat’s travel blog entry: “Saturday 27th August Mica left for Pushkar this morning and I came to spend a night in Bikaner before my next stint in Delhi. I came less for Bikaner itself than for Deshnok Village, 30km away, to which I’ve been looking forward ever since first reading about it. I checked into a hotel and went straight out to find a Deshnok-bound bus. It left Bikaner and headed into a vast expanse of flat nothingness – desert right up to the horizon in every direction, dotted liberally with what looked like a single species of tree and the odd grazing beast. The Rajasthani women wear a different style of sari from those I’m used to seeing; the fabric is extremely bright and highly decorated with sequins and metallic embroidery. Dressed so colourfully, they stand beautifully against their desert backdrop as they walk down the roads, large clay water-pots balanced on their heads, goats and children trailing in their wake. In Deshnok I headed straight for the much-anticipated Karni Mata Temple. The creature of worship is the humble rat: legend has it that, as a result of some tiff between two gods, all storytellers were reincarnated as rats, and the rats are now revered here. Being such a rat-lover (yeah – joke all you like – I know it’s figurative as well!), I found the place fantastic – rats everywhere, worshippers bringing them

“Impossible India” Hyndman’s photos around Delhi, India

A TripAdvisor™ TripWow slideshow of a travel blog to Delhi, India by TravelPod blogger Hyndman titled “Impossible India” Hyndman’s travel blog entry: “India was an experience. From the sublime to the bizarre, India is different from the western world in so many ways. Arranged marriages, the caste system, the dowry, strange superstitions, holy towns, livestock in the streets, extreme poverty and a series of complex religions all make India a fascinating yet difficult place to visit. For four weeks, we traveled the northwest part of India in the states of Rajastan and Uttar Pradesh. These areas have a long and glorious history of conflict, primarily between the Rajputs of Rajistan and the Mughals who were descendants of Genghis Khan and the Mongols of central Asia. The result of a tumultuous millennium of warring is that the landscape in this part of India is dotted with numerous fort and palaces. Most of these huge forts are located atop high plateaus and have long cobblestone ramparts, massive wooden gates, bastions and cannons all around the perimeter and of course a beautiful palace for the Maharaja to look down on it all. We toured several of these goliaths and were suitably impressed by them. The other highlight of India are the temples. There is no shortage of religion in India and it is very complex – there is Hinduism, Jainism, Buddism, Islam and a smattering of others as well. We visited numerous mosques and temples and were awed by the scale and beauty of some of

“Bikenar” York_tyke’s photos around Bikenar, India

A TripAdvisor™ TripWow slideshow of a travel blog to Bikenar, India by TravelPod blogger York_tyke titled “Bikenar” York_tyke’s travel blog entry: “After a early morning start and 6 hour bus trip I arrived in Bikenar not feeling too good, it was the start of a 4 day bout of the runs. So I spent the rest of the day in bed watching tv. Felt better the next day so did what I came here to do and went to the Karni Mata Temple in Deshnok. This temple differs from others in that the rats that live at the temple are worshipped. It’s believed that they are the reincarnation of storytellers. The rats run around the temple freely and aren’t afraid of humans. You can’t where shoes in the temple so it’s either socks or bare feet, it was bare feet for me and a few of the smaller rats had a nibble at my feet, but didn’t break skin thankfully. Gave my feet and sandals a good old clean when I got back to the hotel just to be on the safe side. This was one of the more unusual places that I’ve visited, definetly worth making the effort for though.” Read and see more at: www.travelpod.com Photos from this trip: 1. “Balancing Rat” 2. “Dozing Rats” 3. “Food Preperation – Rat Temple” 4. “More Dozing Rats” 5. “More Milk Drinking Rats” 6. “Rat Temple Items” 7. “Rats Drinking Milk” 8. “Squashed Rats” 9. “Temple Clothing” See this TripWow and more at tripwow.tripadvisor.com
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