SPIRITUAL INDIA BY TOLISART
Karni Mata is worshiped as one of the strongest warrior reincarnation of goddess Durga in India. She might be powerful and fearful, but only until you see her army of 20.000 rats! If you are lucky, you can see the white rat, manifestation of Karni Mata herself!
The spiritual importance of the symbol of the Karni Mata as that of non violence, protector, peaceful coexistence and provider of the power legitimacy to the Rajputs.
The 15th Century sacred shrine of the Karni Mata also known as the Rat Temple of India is located in village Desnok, 30 kilometers from Bikaner, in the Marwar region of the Thar Desert. The temple dedicated to avatar of Mother Goddess in the form of Karni Mata is famous for the approximately 20.000 rats that live, are revered and worshiped, in the temple.
KARNI MATA - A WARRIOR SAGE
KARNI MATA (circa 2 October 1387 – circa 23 March 1538) was a female Hindu warrior sage born in the Charan caste. Also known as Shri Karniji Maharaj, she is worshiped as the incarnation of the warrior goddess Durga by her followers. She is an official deity of the royal families of Jodhpur and Bikaner. She lived an ascetic life and was widely revered during her own lifetime. At the request of the Maharajas of Bikaner and Jodhpur, she laid the foundation stones of Bikaner Fort and Mehrangarh Fort, the two most important forts in the region. The most famous of her temples is in the small town of Deshnok, near Bikaner in Rajasthan, and was created following her mysterious disappearance from her home.
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