About the Temple:
Karni Mata Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Karni Mata at Deshnoke, 30 km from Bikaner, in Rajasthan, India. It is also known as the Temple of Rats.
The temple is famous for the approximately 25,000 black rats that live, and are revered in, the temple. These holy rats are called kabbas, and many people travel great distances to pay their respects. The temple draws visitors from across the country for blessings, as well as curious tourists from around the world.
Architectural style: Mughal architecture
Creator: Ganga Singh
Address: Karni Mata Niji Pranyas, Deshnok, Bikaner, Rajasthan 334801
Phone: 099284 23674
What is the Karni Mata Rat Temple?
Karni Mata houses thousands of rats. The story behind rats at the temple is different according to some local folklore. According to this version, a 20,000 strong army deserted a nearby battle and came running to Deshnoke. Upon learning of the sin of desertion, punishable by death, Karni Mata spared their lives but turned them into rats, and offered the temple as a future place to stay. The army of soldiers expressed their gratitude and promised to serve Karni Mata evermore.
Opening timings for Karni Mata temple:
All days of the week
5:00 AM - 10: 00 PM
How to reach.
- By Air: Nearest airport to reach Bikaner is the Jodhpur International Airport, located at a distance of approximately 251 km. Public transport connects Bikaner with all the major cities of the country like Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Chennai and Ahmedabad.
- By Rail: Lalgarh Junction (LGH) and Bikaner Junction (BKN) are the two railway junctions in the city.
Places to Visit:
Some of the nearby places include Deshnook Temple, Hari Ram Mandir, Ramdev Mandir.