Holy Rats

10:45 PM / Posted by li i /


Holy Rats, originally uploaded by Atul Tater.
This isn’t Disney World and Mickey Mouse. In India, there is a temple filled with rats on purpose! It’s called Karni Mata Temple or the Rat Temple in Deshnoke, near Bikaner in Rajasthan. At this temple, the rats are considered sacred and are protected. If you kill one by accident, you must replace it with a rat made out of solid gold.

It is said that it is good luck to see a white rat at Karni Mata. It is also good luck when a rat runs over your foot. This is easy to accomplish; there are some heavy rat-traffic areas along walls between rooms, and if a foot is placed in the path, it will get some rat prints on it.

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