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Miguel has posted today the entrance to the rat temple in Deshnoke, near Bikaner, I checked that there are quite a few photos from this interesting place (three of them are mine). Gert has written that he would like to see the rats. Why note - here they are.
When I told my friends that we would go to this temple, they were rather reluctant. But I wanted to go and finally, we went there. As you can see, these rats are rather small, more like thhe mice. Remember that one must go barefeet there.

The rats are absolutely everywhere, from the door handles to the grills to the ledges around the side of the marble constructs. They can be seen in dozens, crowded around pots of milk, coconut shells and various other foodstuffs that are scattered across the temple. One must tread with utmost caution not to squish one under the feet. It is regarded auspicious if a rat runs across one's feet, and especially holy, if a white rat is seen. The owhite rats are believed to be the manifestations of Karni Mata herself and her four sons. Visitors put in extensive efforts to bring them forth, offering Prasad預 sweet holy food. It is estimated that there are only about 10 or less such rats living in the temple. Eating food that has been nibbled on by the rats is considered to be a blessing. Visitors often eat sweets and drink milk that has been tasted by the rats. Surprisingly, there has been no incidence of plague in the past, which is deemed a miracle of Karni Mata.

I didn't try the food eaten by rats, but I was lucky to see the white one.

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