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Original Kamat's Potpourri:
Mother Goddess is worshiped throughout India in various local forms. They are considered different incarnations Parvati, Consort of Shiva. Karnimata, the tutelary deity of Bikaner kings, is worshipped as incarnation of Durga or Parvati. It is only due to her blessings, it is believed, Rao Bika became the first king of Bikaner state. Rats reign roosts in the temple. Thousands of mice, big and small run everywhere freely and fearlessly. Temple priests warn tourists, not to tread on them. Devotees feed these rats with milk and sweets Devotees believe that the rats form the army of Karnimata. The temple is full of awe-inspiring rats of all color. Sighting of a white rat is considered auspicious and tourists flock the temple for its unusual attraction.