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Hinduism - Where Is Rajasthan In India?


 (Land of Kings) A modern Indian state on the Pakistani border between the provinces of Punjab and Gujarat, formed by the amalgamation of a network of princely kingdoms with Ajmer, which was formerly under British control.

Rajasthan's well-entrenched martial culture may be traced back to these principalities, which were remnants of minor kingdoms that were generally preserved by force of arms.

Many towns in Rajasthan feature enormous forts that were formerly used as defensive strongholds but are now major tourist attractions.

The Aravalli Hills divide the state throughout its length, generating two separate climate zones.

The south receives more rainfall and has historically been more densely inhabited, whilst the north progressively fades into the Thar Desert, which has recently been made cultivable by a system of irrigation canals.

While Pushkar is the most prominent pilgrimage destination in the state, there are many more interesting places to visit.

Among these, the Hanuman temple in Mehndipur has achieved regional prominence as a place for treating mental illness, while the Karni Mata temple in Deshnok is known for its holy rats.

Christine Nivin et al., India. 8th ed., Lonely Planet, 1998, is an accessible resource for general information on Rajasthan and all of India's regions.


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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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