Rats Reign in India’s Karni Mata Temple

By Rachel Louise Snyder

Legend has it that, around 1400 A.D., a woman named Karni Mata tried and failed to bring a dead boy back to life. She cut a deal with the god of death, promising that her family would stay together forever, in all their reincarnated forms, if the boy lived. Death agreed. Now, the temple in Rajasthan bearing her name is believed to be home to those family members. They’re still revered. The only hang-up: They’re rats.

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