The entrance to the rat temple
It was and early rise for me as I wanted to catch the
sunrise. I had the best nights sleep in
days, the bed was the least comfortable as it was just foam and blankets but I
slept like a log. The cameleers were already up and about preparing breakfast
so I said good morning to them and climbed to the top of a small rise, sat and
waited for the sun to come up. It was so
peaceful, no horns, no traffic it was wonderful and I savoured every
moment. The sun took ages to come up and
it was a little disappointing compared to the sunset the previous evening. Others started to stir below so I went down
and joined them. I sat in the cooking hut
for a while and warmed my hands over the stove because it was pretty cold
outside. After breakfast it was the hour
ride back to civilisation.
The holy rodents enjoying milk offerings
We took the
scenic route the day before and took the short direct route going back.
I rather enjoyed my ride back, I was out in
front leading the way and my cameleer gave me the reins so I sat and dreamed I
was riding through the desert all by myself !
My backside was getting sore though I had to sit on my fleece for extra
padding ! it didn’t stop the blister I ended up with !
Finally we reached our destination and we
said goodbye to our cameleers and headed back to the hotel.
After a bit of a rest and a shower we all met
up again for our trip to the rat temple !
this I was looking forward too, I was really curious as to what this rat
temple was all about.
The rat temple was
at Deshnok some 30k’s away so to get there we had private taxi cars.
Open courtyard of the rat temple
After a lovely drive through the desert
countryside we arrive at Deshnok.
rat temple is home to holy rodents
are worshipped by pilgrims a story of how the rat temple came to be dates back
to the 14th
were allowed in the temple so it wasn’t a place for the squeamish.
I decided to go barefoot into the temple while
others opted to keep socks on, I thought it was easier to clean your feet with
wet wipes than have to scrub a pair of socks.
We walked through the decorative gate into an open courtyard and ahead
of us was an enclosed temple which houses the inner sanctum where pilgrims go
to get anointed. To the right of the gate was a terrace and here I watched the
the holy rodents drinking milk out of a
Rats drinking the milk inside the rat temple
Locals seemed to be scrambling
to look through a doorway as there was apparently a white rat inside which
supposed to bring you good luck when you see one !
I tried to grab a peek but locals are so
intent on getting a glimpse of this white rat you just got shoved out the
So off I wonder around the
courtyard into the small temple.
couldn’t really believe what I was seeing, rats everywhere, I didn’t even stop
to think what I was treading in ! but there seem to be a lot of yellow food
like stuff on the ground which later I find out is sugar balls (holy food
offerings)that they feed the rats.
see the inner sanctum but it
was packed with pilgrims all scrambling to get anointed.
It was in here that I saw a white rat and then
one ran over my foot ! so twice the luck in one day so now I await to win the
lottery ! it was a fascinating place and I don’t think I would find anything
like this anywhere else in the world so I’m glad I came.
The temple where the inner sanctum is
I don’t think a visit to Bikaner
without a trip to the rat temple.
So after the rat temple we head back to the
hotel and the afternoon was free.
chance to catch up on some rest a phone call to the husband and
I ended up in the shop next door to the hotel
with one of the other girls.
a bit of money in there as I bought an antique
wall hanging and several Pasmina scarves !
In the evening we had a lovely home cooked meal.