The Karni Mata Rat Temple

Video has finally made it to! Our video premier had to be good, so we headed down to the famous Karni Mata rat temple in Deshnoke, a village an hour south of Bikaner.

It was a rather bizarre experience as you can see by the expressions on our faces. Notice the mother urging her child to touch the rats for luck – yikes! And don’t miss the white rat; seeing it will bring you good luck.

11 responses to “The Karni Mata Rat Temple”

  1. avatar laurelle says:

    I utter in disbelief, “WHY?”

  2. avatar Tony says:

    Why? Because.

    Actually, I saw this temple on “Ripley’s Believe it or Not” in the late 70s / early 80s and I knew that one day I would have to go.

    It was freaky and fun.

    Comically, the inner sanctum was filled with rats, but foreigners were not allowed in!!! However, they did tolerate our peaking through the door. How’s that for insulting… rats yes, foreigners no 🙂

  3. avatar hint says:

    Ihr wisst schon, dass Ratten die Pest übertragen können, oder?? 😉
    Das Video ist Klasse, es ist schön, Euch mal wieder zu sehen, sozusagen…

  4. avatar Beverly says:

    Great to see some video, and what a choice! Yikes. I can’t believe that Thomas let one nibble on his toe and that you actually gave away a banana. 🙂

  5. avatar Thomas says:

    I have to admit, it was a difficult choice. I even stopped short of eating the left-over bananas off the ground 😉

  6. avatar evelyn says:

    I just viewed this, and love it! hee hee. Wildlife of the city! Is there a temple of the sacred cockroach? 😉

  7. [..YouTube..] For those who would possibly start poking fun at Hinduism based on this, I would just like to say, an ability to venerate life even in the form of vermin shows a great spiritual reverence for nature and life in all things that no other culture has been able to. Humanity needs this if we are to preserve our planet home and the endangered species and habitats of it

  8. avatar binashraf says:


  9. avatar cesaryusuf says:

    [..YouTube..] how do you worship and respect to much to SMELLY and DIRTY rats, rats have got many disseases, Oh my god it seems and now I confirm the following” INGORANCE IS THE MOTHER OF POLYTHEISM”
    These rats remind me about the politicians of many countries lol

  10. [..YouTube..] @cesaryusuf They dont worship them, they beleive that their loved ones were reincarnated by them, thats why they feed them and have a temple for them

  11. avatar volure1 says:

    [..YouTube..] Rat are the best pets. Fuck dogs i kill them.

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