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Karni Mata Temple

Rajasthan , Bikaner

Bikaner known for its desert safaris and forts, is also known for its unique temple of Karni Mata. The temple also called the rat temple, as it has thousands of rats running around the temple premises. The rats are considered extremely holy and are revered by the worshippers. The story of Karni Mata dates back to the 15th century though the present temple of Deshnoke was built in the 1900's by Maharaja Ganga Singh. The temple was further enhanced by Kundanlal Verma of Hyderabad-based Karni Jewelers in 1999.


Karni Mata was an ascetic who led a virtuous life and dedicated her life to the service of the poor and the oppressed of all communities. When one her stepsons died, she asked Yamraj to bring him back to life. When Yama denied the request, she restored his life as a rat and announced that the followers of the Charin once dead, will be reincarnated as a rat and subsequently, when a rat dies, it will be reincarnated as a human again. The temple was...View more


The temple built in Mughal architectural style is constructed in marble. Inside the temple complex, there is pair of silver doors donated by Maharaja Gaj Singh. Across the doorway are more silver doors with panels depicting the various legends of the Goddess. Enshrined in the sanctum is the deity of Karni Mata holding a trishul (trident) in one of her hands. She is decked with a crown and a garland of flowers. The temple has around 20,000 rats th...View more

Darsan Info

Timings : According to the temple laws, if one of the rats is accidentally killed, it must be replaced with a rat made of silver or gold.

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Darsan Dresscode

Devotees are advised to dress in clean and conservative attire.


Located in the middle of Thar desert Bikaner is famous for its camel safaris, forts and temples. There is a  Camel Festival organized by the Department of Tourism of the Rajasthan Government in January every year in Bikaner.

Location and Contact

Karni Mata Niji Pranyas, Post Office, Deshnoke, Rajasthan

+91 90515 22800

By air - Jodhpur International Airport is the nearest airport to Bikaner, which is approximately 251 km away from the Bikaner City. It is well-connected with all the major cities of India. Buses and trains are available from Jodhpur to Bikaner.                                
By rail - Bikaner railway station is connected to other parts of the country. It is situated around 25kms from the temple.                         
By road - Taxis and  buses are available to Bikaner from other parts of the state.

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Temple Rituals

Charan priests perform Mangla-Ki-Aarti and offer bhog (special food) in worship.

Regular Offerings

Milk, grains, flowers

Special Rituals

Devotees make offerings to the rats, which roam about the temple in large numbers and are considered auspicious. There are a few white rats in the temple and sighting them is considered auspicious. Eating food that has been nibbled on by the rats is considered to be an honour. It is also considered auspicious to have rats scamper over your toes.

Famous Festival

March - Karni Mata Mela
October - Karni Mata Mela

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