In pictures: 10 unusual and mysterious places in India


The temple is famous for about 20,000 rats living there, which are considered holy and called kabbas. Eating food nibbled by them is considered a high honour and tourists from across India and around the world frequent it as a popular tourist destination. Two legends exist regarding the presence of rats in the temple. The first one states that the rats are reincarnations of the temple's goddess, Karni Mata. In another tale, an army of 20,000 soldiers deserted a nearby battle and came running to Deshnoke. The goddess spared their lives for their desertion (considered punishable by death) but transformed them into rats, offering the temple as a home to them.

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