We all wonder about the rats and their significance when we hear, read about or visit this famous rat temple. I was curious too! Our cab driver shared an interesting piece about the rats in Karni Mata temple.
Karni mata had struck a deal with Yamraj, “Lord of Death” when he had come to take her step son who had drowned. She wanted his life to be restored but it could not be done since he had taken a rebirth. An argument ensued which resulted in an agreement that all her (Charan) clan/ tribe people would turn into rat after death until it was time for rebirth as a human.
The rats known as kabhas are believed to the souls of departed charan people, thus, considered holy.
Folklore also states the presence of a white rat amidst thousands of brown ones. It is said that its ma Karni herself and the sighting of this rat is considered highly auspicious. Some say there are more than one white rat ….. they being the immediate family of Karni mata.
Interesting isn’t it? No wonder it is said travelling turns one into an interesting story teller!
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Monika Ohson / TravelerInMe