The Karnimata’s temple at Deshnok, 30 km from Bikaner, is situated in the center of a beautiful courtyard, the outer boundary wall of which has been constructed like a beautifull wall fort. The boundaries are built very high with four ornamented pillars and the provision of a huge platform for the guards to protect the miraculous temple. The next wonder of this temple are the rats. These rats commonly known as ‘kaba’ reside in the temple. According to the folklore,shri karni-mata once restored a dead child of her devotee back to life from yama. (the god of death) then mata announced that no one from her tribe would fall into yama’s hand again. Instead, when they died all of them would tempararily inhabit the body of a rat (kaba), before being reborn into the tribe. The Karni Mata temple in its present form was completed in the early 20th century by Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner. The temple was further enhanced by Kundanlal Verma of Hyderabad-based Karni Jewellers in 1999. The huge silver gates to the temple and the marble carvings were also donated by him. Throughout the year pilgrims from around India come to pay religious tribute to Karni Mata at the Deshnok temple. Outside Rajasthan she is respected and loved in areas like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Haryana. During Navratri thousands come to the temple on foot. There are 20,000 rats, which are treated as sacred and given protection in the temple. Even if one of the rats is accidentally killed, it must be replaced with one made of solid gold. Sighting a white rat amidst hordes of black rats is considered especially auspicious.
Deshnok is only 30 km from Bikaner (by road)