Rats of Gold. Karni Mata, the Rat Temple in India

Are you ready for this? It’s a little off the beaten path of the usual LF travel stories, but we got a good laugh from it (thanks Bryce Gruber). Holy rats? Really? Well. Karni Mata, the Rat Temple in India, thinks so. At the temple, the rats are considered sacred – they are protected and even fed. According to a local legend, Karni Mata, the 14th century mystic and incarnation of Hindu goddess Durga, implored Yama, the God of Death to restore to life the son of a storyteller. When he refused, she incarnated the dead son and all of the storytellers as rats under her protection. People travel far and wide to pay homage to the sacred rats. Too bad they can’t tell any of their stories!

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