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Karni Devi Temple

History

Karni Devi Temple which is located in a small town of Deshnok, 30 kms away from Bikaner is a holy place that dates back to 15th century. The construction of the temple was completed in Mughal style by Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner. Later a renowned jeweller of Hyderabad, Kundanlal Verma helped in enhancing the look of the temple. He also donated huge silver gates and the marble carvings to Karni Devi Temple.

It is believed that Karni Devi was a mystic woman who worked lifelong in service of poor, socially oppressed and needy people. She is the one who laid the foundation of Deshnok town. As the history says, Karni Mata’s youngest son drowned in the river and she asked God Yama (God of death) to bring back her son. God Yama refused to give life back to her son and she incarnated the form of Goddess Durga. She then restored the life of her son and announced that her family members would die no longer. The fact is all her family members were incarnated in the form of rats.

The temple of Karni Devi is dipped in the beauty of white marble. Its majestic silver doors welcome all her devotees with a grand welcome. Inside the temple there is a statue of Karni Devi decked with ‘mukut’ and holding ‘trishul’ in her hands. There are thousands of rats around her feet. On both sides of Karni Devi, there are statues of her sisters. The temple houses more than 20,000 rats and feed them regularly. One can see many rat holes in the courtyard of the temple. To protect these rats from birds and other prey, the courtyard is covered with wire fence and grills.

The temple also houses white rat known as “Kaba”. It is regarded to be auspicious if this white rat crosses your leg. Even the glimpse of this rat is considered to be a blessing for the worshipper. Two times in a year festival is organised in honour of Karni Devi. The festival is followed by grand fair where thousands of worshippers from across the world join in to get the blessing of Karni Devi.

Best time to visit

One can visit Karni Devi Temple at any time of the year, especially in winter season from October to March.

Trivia

Karni Mata after whom the temple is named was born on 2nd October 1387. According to legend, she earned the honorific name Karni at age six by miraculously curing her aunt. A festival is celebrated twice a year for Karni Devi. A grand fair is organized at this time where thousands of worshippers of Karni Devi comes from across the globe and seek the blessings of the goddess.

Timing

The Karni Devi Temple remains open from 4:00 am to 10:00 pm, daily.


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