Karni Mata Temple, Deshnok, Bikaner Rajasthan
Bikaner is known for its mythical culture, magical temples and forts all across the globe. Karni Mata Temple is one of them. Located south of Bikaner, almost 30 km, Karni Mata Temple is also known as the Temple of Rats, or simply The Rat Temple. The temple houses over 20,000 rats, who are worshipped as mythical creatures. The temple is religiously visited by devotees, and also by curious tourists and travellers across the globe.
The current structure of Karni Mata Temple was built under the supervision of Maharaja Ganga Singh ji of Bikaner in the early 20th century. The Temple resembles Mughal architectural style, with a marble front and silver solid door, looking majestic and breathtaking. Walking further into the temple premises, you will be welcomed by a few more splendid silver doors that are a true depiction of several legends directly linked with Karni Mata. The inner sanctum of the temple houses Karni Mata in her full glory.
The year 1999 saw a few additions being made to the temple by Kundanlal Verma, owner of Hyderabad based jewellery store, Karni Jewellers. A magnificent marble carving and extraordinary silver gates were donated by him.