Karni Mata in India Is a Temple Dedicated to Rats


There are so many oddities around the world that it is impossible to keep track of all of them. Although, some of them just stick with you, simply because they are are quite difficult to explain and they make the hair on your skin rise. Karni Mata in India or as most people call it the ‘rat temple’ is exactly as the phrase says it. It is a temple, where thousands of people go each year in order to see the image of the rats or pay their respects to the temple. That last part may be a bit unbelievable, since the temple has already gained attention for its rats more than the place itself.


The Karni Mata Temple is located in Deshnoke, 30 km from Bikaner and it is undoubtedly one of the weirdest temples in the world.


The number of the rats is said to be about 20,000, but it could be a lot bigger considering how fast they reproduce.


The rats are considered ‘holy’ and are called ”kabbas” and many people travel great lengths in order to pay their respects.


They can be found pretty much everywhere. You can’t pass a small door or walk a few meters without finding one in front of you.


The rats are being fed inside the temple and priests are taking care of them.

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They believe that eating and drinking something that has been tasted by the rats is ”a blessing” and visitors often taste what the rats have tasted before them.


The rats regularly start dying of diabetes and stomach disorders due to the unhealthy diet of milk and sweets, but they start growing back to their original number very fast.


It is very possible that you will find plenty of them dead, just lying somewhere and in that case you should probably let someone know.

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This must be one of the weirdest places you’ve ever heard about and it is clearly one of the most disgusting places that anyone can visit. I don’t mean to disrespect anyone’s culture and beliefs, but rats are very unhealthy and if they bite you things will get very troubling.


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