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The Karni Mata Temple

The Karni Mata temple, sometimes called The Rat Temple at Deshnok, is situated just outside of Bikaner. The temple is dedicated to an early 15th century mystic, considered to be a reincarnation of the Goddess Durga. Karni Mata is an official deity of the royal family of Jodhpur and Bikaner. The temple is famous for its rats, which are treated as sacred and given protection in the temple. Sighting a white rat amid hordes of black rats is considered especially auspicious.