To Be Confirmed
Karni Mata Mela
|Last Year (2016)||March 21st to March 31st|
|Present Year (2017)||Not Confirm|
|Next Year (2018)||Not Confirm|
Karni Mata Mela is a famous Hindu festival in India. It is organized twice in a year at the shrine of Karni Mata in Deshnok, a town in Rajasthan believed to be founded by Mata Karni. This Karni Mata temple is also a popular and major tourist attraction of the state. The specialty of this temple is that more than 1000 rats live freely in the temple. And the general belief is that these rats are sacred and never chased away but instead they are offered with food and protection from any harm.
When Is It Celebrated?
This amazing Karni Mata Mela is held twice in a year to honor the Goddess Karni during the occurrence of holy Navratras. The first fair takes place in the months of March or April and second in September or October. The fair is organized with great enthusiasm, discipline, love and joy in the hearts of the people. Everyone takes active participation in the fair.
How It Is Celebrated?
As the name of the fair suggests, it is dedicated to Karni Mata who is a local deity of the people of Rajasthan. Karni Mata is believed to have possessed supernatural powers; she lived in the 15th century and spent her entire life in serving the mankind. The natives of Bikaner worship Karni Mata as their patron deity and hold her in high regard.
Karni Mata Mela is held right next to the beautiful temple that is made up of marble stones and the deity is made of yellow marble. The temple gates are opened to the devotees at 4.00 am in the morning. It is believed that Mata performed miracles for the poor and down trodden. With Karni Mata miracles blinds could see again, lame could walk again and so on. The temple is maintained well and the money collected during the fair is used to run the temple. This dazzling fair in the dazzling temple has been gaining popularity every year and most of the time people just come just to see the rats, as it is believed that if one spots a white rat among the brown ones then it is a sign of great good luck.
During the Karni Mata Mela, Charan priests proceed with the tasks of the fair by performing the Mangla-ki-Arti which is followed by a bhog to worship the goddess Karni. Being the patron deity of the state, the festival enjoys a royal touch with the royal family of Bikaner pays monetary donations to the temple during the fair. People feel amazed looking at the beautiful golden crown of the Goddess and the rats that run from one place to another fearlessly. They consider themselves lucky to celebrate this festival twice a year. The ultimate joy of the marvelous celebration can only be grabbed by self-visiting the fair.