Loaded with architectural gems along with those artsy and really cool places to discover hidden among the vibrant streets and bazaars, Bikaner is truly an enchanting city situated in the heart of Rajasthan. A kaleidoscopic blend of cultural and timeless traditions, it has everything you can imagine to make your trip worthwhile with lots of great memories to look back to.
Talking about places to visit in Rajasthan; one peculiar temple that will pique your curiosity and spike your attention is the Karni Mata Temple situated in Deshnoke, Bikaner. As the name suggests, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Karni Mata, an incarnation of Maa Durga. However, more than the Goddess, this temple is majorly famous as the ‘temple of rats’. Yes, you heard it right, this is because here you will find about 20,000 black rats who are the permanent residents of this shrine and are revered by devotees flocking the temple all year round.
Apart from the presence of these rats, the temple is also famous for the Karni Mata Festival aka Karni Mata Fair held twice a year during Navratri time that is during April-May and 0ctober-November; the one happening in the months between April and May being more extravagant and vivid.
The upcoming Karni Mata Festival 2021 will be observed between April 13 and April 22, 2021 (the dates may vary as per the traditional Hindu calendar).
At the start of this delightful fair, the idol of Goddess Karni Mata is decorated with a golden crown, garlands, and even jewelry. The gates of the temple are opened from 4:00 am for the devotees. After this, the priests perform all the ceremonial rituals and offer Bhog (Prasadam) to the deity. Due to its traditional and cultural significance, this fair attracts a considerable crowd from all across the country.
This fair is organized by the local committee of the temple itself. Devotees especially come to the shrine and offer their prayers for fulfilling their wishes and leading a prosperous life. Besides the religious sentiments associated with the fair, one can also enjoy many cultural and religious programs.
Deshnok, Bikaner is situated at a distance of about 451, 2,183, 1,219, 1,894 km from major Indian cities like Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Kolkata respectively. Here are the travel details on how you can reach here by the following means of public transportation and attend the Karni Mata Mela in Bikaner.
By Air. Deboard at Jodhpur International Airport (JDH) situated at an approximate distance of 200-250 km. The airport is well routed with nearby cities and states with overall good flight connectivity. Once off your flight, take any local public transport available like a cab and travel to your desired location.
By Train. If planning to travel via train then you can consider deboarding at Lalgarh Railway Station (LGH) or Bikaner Junction (BKN) located at an approximate distance of 32 and 30 km respectively. Both the stations are well connected from nearby cities and states. Here is how you can reach here from the following places.
By Road. Depending upon your geographical location, that is to say, if you are residing in any nearby regions then planning a road trip to Bikaner can be a fairly good option. State-run buses/ private buses are easily available from nearby towns and cities at fairly affordable prices. You can also consider traveling via your own vehicle or hiring a private cab as well.
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