Dec 3, 2015

Return of the Rats

Meals for the rats' are mixed in such big vats that you'd expect to see a swarm of rats crawling all over the temple's marble floor.

Alas, the mass of rats spend their lives scurrying around in dark enclosures at the edges of the temple compound. Only the brave rat chooses to feed in the light and fury of the temple on a night like this....

This is no ordinary temple evening. It's the night before their biggest festival. The temple is lit up as if it were a karmic casino and the pilgrims pour in.

Some pilgrims arrive just before dawn after having walked all night on a 30 kilometer spiritual trek.

For the history and meaning of the Karni Mata temple see my earlier photo blog post on this so-called rat temple at the link below:

Rats! the End