Dinner with the Rats: Rajasthan, India

toby snelgrove  IPA

Mayne Island, Canada

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Karni Mata Temple Deshnok India: A temple that celbrates Rats.

This family enjoyed dinner while sharing both the space and the food with the rats. Here is the story. In this image you can only see the two at the bottom of the stairs … but, moments later you could see them eating off the plates at the top of the stairs.

“Karni Mata, born in the 14th century, was an incarnation of Durga, the goddess of power and victory. During her lifetime she performed many miracles.

When one of her clansmen died and she was unable to bring him back to life and she asked Yama, the god of death to bring him back to life. Yama could not because the clansman had already been reincarnated.

Karni Mata made an agreement with Yama that from now on all of her tribespeople would be reborn as rats until they could be born back into the clan." (http://india-travel.suite101.com/article.cfm/ka...)

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