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Showing posts with label Karni Mata. Show all posts

Hinduism - What Is The Hindu Symbolism Associated With Rats?

 

Rat  is a religious animal that appears in at least two religious settings.

On the one hand, the rat is known as the elephant-headed deity Ganesh's animal conveyance, reinforcing Ganesh's identity as the Lord of Obstacles.

If Ganesh's elephant head reflects his ability to easily push barriers away, his rat chariot demonstrates a stealthier approach.

Rats are known for their ability to maneuver around barriers, sliding through even the tiniest openings in granaries to reach the grain inside.

They are a good complement to Ganesh's might because of their ability to sneak around and between obstructive things.

Rats are also significant to the goddess Karni Mata's shrine in the hamlet of Deshnok in Rajasthan's state.

Thousands of rats live in the Karni Mata shrine, believing themselves to be Karni Mata's offspring and hence holy animals.

According to legend, when the rats die, they are resurrected as members of the temple's hereditary servants' families, making the rats and temple priests members of the same extended family.


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Hinduism - Who Is Karni Mata? Where Is The Karni Mata Temple In India?


The presiding deity of the same-named temple in the hamlet of Deshnok in Rajasthan's state.

Karni Mata is a localized version of the Mother Goddess, named after the spot where a severed goddess Sati's ear (karni) fell to earth.

Thousands of rats, who are considered Karni Mata's offspring, live in the shrine, making it unique.

Karni Mata's kid perished in a nearby pond, according to local legend.

When she attempted to persuade Yama, the god of death, to grant her son a better reincarnation, she was informed that he had already been reincarnated as a rat.

Yama agreed to have all of her male descendants born as rats at the Deshnok temple at her request.

Yama agreed that the rats would be reincarnated as family members of the temple employees in the next life.

The rats and the temple priests are all members of the same extended family, according to this legend.



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