Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Goddess Karni Mata Temple

Goddess Karni Mata was born in the 14 century since October 2, 1387 in the village of Suwap in the Jodhpur district of Rajasthan. The seventh daughter of Mehoji Charan and his wife Deval Devi, her original name was Ridhu bai. According to legend, she earned the honorific name Karni at age six by miraculously curing her aunt. Term meaning "mother" was commonly added to the names of those worshipped as mother goddesses. She married Dipoji Charan of the village of Sathika around AD 1415 but did not live a conventional "married life."

Later on she arranged the marriage of her husband with her younger sister Gulab. She lived in her in-laws' village for about two years before leaving with her followers and a herd of cattle to live a nomadic life, camping at sunset. One such a camp was made at village Jangloo, but a servant of Rao Kanha who was ruler of the place denied them access to water for people and cows. On this, Karni Mata declared her follower Rao Ridmal of Chandasar as new ruler of the village and continued on her journey. When she reached near Deshnok, Rao Kanha himself came to oppose her camping but he died. Karni mata stopped further wandering and started living there. Her husband Depoji died in AD 1454. Rats became sacred in her temple when Karni Mata's stepson Laxman drowned in a tank he was attempting to drink from.

Karni mata implored Yama, the god of Death; though he at first refused, Yama eventually relented, permitting Laxman and all of Karni mata's male children to be reincarnated as rats. In AD 1453, she gave her blessing to Rao Jodha of Jodhpur in conquering Ajmer, Merta and Mandor. In 1457, she went to Jodhpur at Rao Jodha's request to lay the cornerstone of the fort at Jodhpur.

Karni Mata Temple 600 year old this Temple is also callings Rat Temple, a famous mystic of her times, believed to be an incarnation of goddess Durga. Here, rats are considered holy, owing to the belief, which the souls of the devotees of the Mata are resident in these rats and, consequently, they must be looked after. The huge silver gates to the temple, and the marble carvings were donated by Maharaja Ganga Singh.

People from far and wide come to pay religious tribute to Goddess karni mata. Outside rajasthan, places like Gujrat, Madhya Pradesh, and Haryana are areas where mata is greatly respected and loved. During the time of navratri thousands flock to mata's temple on foot. It is becoming one of the holiest and most faithful places in India.


Goddess Karni Mata Icon

Goddess Karni Mata Temple in Rajasthan Photo

Karni Mata Temple (Rat Temple) Image

Goddess Karni Mata Picture

Goddess Karni Mata Temple Idol

Karni Maa Photo

Karni Mata Temple Deshnok Bikaner

Visitor at Karni Mata Temple Image

Karni Mata Puja Vidhi Photo

Goddess Karni Mata Temple in Bikaner

Maa Karni Devi Temple Wallpaper

Karni Mata Temple at Rat Photo

Rat Temple Rat Image

Karni Mata Photo

Goddess Karni Mata Statue Picture

1 comment:

  1. mata ki shakti apram paar hai jo dhaye uska udhar hai jai mata di

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