Thursday, June 9, 2011

Karni Mata Temple, Bikaner, Rajasthan.

Its truly happy making to get back to blogging. In my last post, turned out that I posted pictures of 2 of my friends feet without even knowing it. Happy coincidences :) Talking of happy takes me back to Rajasthan and I must share this very beautiful but strange temple we went to. The Karni Mata temple is 30 kms from Bikaner & we went huddled and cold in an autorickshaw to the place. We had heard it was a rat temple - yes, you heard right, I said rat as in the rodents and we were as curious whether we will actually get to see rats scurrying, if we will be able to handle it. Will the rats be fat from all the milk ( we had heard that one of the ways to appease the deity is to feed the rats with milk - ye mera India...) We were just so curious. We were greeted by a very normal though beautiful looking temple from the outside...

Typical Rajasthani colours flame orange & red, stand out against the carved marble facade of the temple
Aaah.. the 1st proof of the rat connection...
Next to the carved Shiva are carved tiny rats- making for a nice design element...hmmm...

On a more serious note, the marble carving was exquisite, here's a sample.
And now for the real point of interest. As we stepping in gingerly into the temple, mentally prepared for a multitude of rats, what we actually saw was many rats feeding from large bowls of milk & they did not look as healthy as we imagined them.
And strangely while something about the vibes in the temple calmed me it emboldened my normally docile & insect hating friend... who now only wanted to be touched by the scurrying rats in the temple (a tiny nibble by any of the temple rats is said to bring good luck to the bitten!!!) so while I was clicking from a safe distance, my friend was trying to get bitten by the rather peaceful temple mice.
Thankfully one of them scurried over her feet before long. And a debate whether it qualified to bring luck ensued.
For some reason a lot of newly wed couples also came to take the blessings of Karni Mata who is worshiped as the incarnation of the goddess Durga by her followers.
And here is the mildly aggressive devotee who insisted I take a picture of her. All in all a strange but interesting temple experience :)

11 comments:

AS said...

hello

m a proper Rajsthani.. this temple is amazing!


'padhro mahre des!'

deepazartz said...

Hi Vineeta
I have heard of this wonderful temple...esp abt the rats there. It's such a majestic and architecturally gorgeous temple(from what I see in your pics). Our land is so full of mysteries coated with rich culture...
Must have been a gr8 trip!
Regards
Deepa
http://deepazworld.blogspot.com/

Ambika said...

Hi Vineeta, great photographs of an exquisite temple! Shivers at the thought of rats scampering about though :)

Purnima@a creative project said...

How interesting!!! Fabulous carving and architecture!!

Abhishek Joshi said...

Hi
i am looking out for very rare mataji temple near jodhpur .
name of mataji is" SATIKA MATA", this temple come in Highway road somewhere i dont know exact location.
if anyone know or have any kind of information please let me know.

Neha said...

heard of the temple but never thought of it as an artistic piece till I saw your pictures..

Flor Baez said...

Nice pics!

Wonderful blog!

Geetha said...

Waiting to go there! :-)

Ambica said...

i have been there. twice. unfortunately all my pictures disappeared with the laptop that was stolen. it was nice to revisit. oh, and i dont think i told you this, but i saw your products at orange bicycle. loved. really awesome stuff vineeta.

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