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20,000 rats roam India's Karni Mata Temple

Posted on Wednesday, 26 February, 2014 | Comment icon 19 comments

Visitors worship the rats. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Chris Barber
An unusual temple in Rajasthan, India is home to several thousand rats that roam freely around its halls.
Conventionally a rat infestation is considered to be a huge problem, but for India's Karni Mata Temple the sight of thousands of furry rodents scurrying around its halls and rooms is not only be to expected, it is encouraged.

A popular tourist attraction, the temple is home to as many as 20,000 rats that are deliberately fed on large bowls of milk and grains because the local people believe them to be the incarnation of a Hindu Goddess.

Visitors to the temple frequently attempt to feed the horde of rodents with sweets and other morsels in the belief that any food nibbled on by the rats obtains a divine status. Some devotees even take to finishing off half-eaten food items themselves.

"There is no history of plague in this area, despite the presence of rats for many years," said one visitor. "People come here to worship rats as god."

Source: AOL Travel | Comments (19)

Tags: Rats, Karni Mata Temple, India

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by paperdyer on 26 February, 2014, 20:29
5 cats a dog and a team to tackle against 20,000 rats.. indian rats... hmm good luck with that lol Maybe they're really BIG cats!
Comment icon #11 Posted by coldethyl on 26 February, 2014, 22:06
Will I said I'd have to BUILD the team. More Yorkies methinks.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Azznerak the Black on 26 February, 2014, 22:16
Nothing says Divinity then a gaggle of disease infested rodents that **** wherever they please.
Comment icon #13 Posted by AliveInDeath7 on 27 February, 2014, 2:41
I find it beautiful that there are cultures left.
Comment icon #14 Posted by dummy2b on 27 February, 2014, 2:51
Maybe some rats were counted more than once,.or were they numbered as they were counted?
Comment icon #15 Posted by Scrunchkruckets on 27 February, 2014, 11:27
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm rat... tastaaaaayyy!!!!
Comment icon #16 Posted by pallidin on 27 February, 2014, 17:23
Incarnation of a diety? Yeah, right. The rat's left over food is considered sacred? Yuk. With this many rats and more to be born, I'm sure the likelyhood of a devistating disease seems likely to only grow higher.
Comment icon #17 Posted by SkeptcByMindBelievrByHeart on 27 February, 2014, 17:25
indiana jones gets his whip out, and whips the rats out of the temple
Comment icon #18 Posted by JGirl on 27 February, 2014, 18:04
because the world needs more rats.
Comment icon #19 Posted by SkeptcByMindBelievrByHeart on 28 February, 2014, 14:29
because the world need less plagued filled pilgrims

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