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Where rats are a welcome addition to temple worship

Only In India thanks to Roy Taylor

The Karni Mata Temple in Rajasthan, India - devoted to rat worship

The Karni Mata Temple in Rajasthan, India is one of India’s temples devoted to rat worship. Rats are believed to be the sacred incarnation of the Hindu goddess Shri Karniji. This large congregation of rats, or kabas, is fed on gifts of food and buffalo milk. Devotees present offerings of sweetmeats and coconuts to the head priest in exchange for a blessing and the application of kum kum, an orange dot on the forehead - the ancient symbol of the third eye. An old Hindu tradition required any person who stepped on a rat (and killed it) to give the rat's weight in gold and silver to the temple, or endure bad karma forever. Recent practice though relates to sales of small silver rats to cover such an incident.
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The modern work of art is a symbol. - Herbert Read

I worship the quicksand he walks in. - Art Buchwald

In ancient Rome they killed Sid Caesar - Archie Bunker

The ancient Egyptian kings, the fairy-ohs. - Archie Bunker

A squirrel is just a rat with a cuter outfit. - Sarah J. Parker

Worship is exclusionary. You cannot compromise on worship. - Ravi Zacharias

Do not remove the ancient landmark that your ancestors set up. - Bible

Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life. - Janine di Giovanni

I don't teach my children what is Hindu and what is Muslim. - Shah Rukh Khan

With the ancient is wisdom, and in length of days understanding. - Job 12:1

If you can't sleep do not count the sheep, worship the Shepherd. - Unknown

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Every rupee of profit made by an Englishman is lost for ever to India. - Edmund Burke

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