In this episode we visit the Karni Mata Temple
The holi Temple of Rats. Lydia and Tobias wrote uns a message,
because the found an Indian street puppy and wanted to take him along their travels.
We were quite close to them so we drove to them and vitied them.
It was our first lonely camping spot in India. Maybe this was because
the village was 2 km away from us. And there was a gabadge dropping beween us and the villadge. But then someone found us.
This guy was standing in front of our car for 2 hours. He didn’t want anything.
He was just standing there, watching us.
In India Castes still exist. People get put into different caste, depending on
their birth, job and marriadge. The people are sorting this, not the government.
The caste usually do not mix, but on the day of the holi festival
everyone is the same. Everyone is celebrating with each other. A holi, colorful festival of colors. Some people say, that it can be compared with carneval
Anyway, exactly on that date we went into the small villadge. To have a look inside the temple of rats.
We just wanted to look at the holi fest people. but that was not
possible, so we got colored as well. Some people might wonder, why
they are celebrating rats inside this temple.
This goes back to the holi Karni Marta. We was living in the 15th and 16th century..
After we couldn’t get the soul of a dead boy back, she decided that
every dead should be reincarnated as a rat. You are full with colors.
You mean only black? No, all kinds of colors. At the beginning of the 19th century
the temple was build to reincarnated karni marta and their reincarnations. They are about 25 000 rats in the temple. In every Indian Temple you will have to take off your shoes.
Also in this one. Great. We didn’t have to pay any entry.
Only 2 euros. to take Fotos and Videos. To get a blessing
People eat with the rats from the same dishes. The rat drinks and eats at first,
then the faithful hindus will take a sip. man glaubt es vielleicht kaum aber
It might be hard to believe, but until now there are no diseases know from this. Also, if a rat runs over your foot, you will have luck.
We do not want to get a blessing, but we end up having a lot of luck.
at least that. You really have to be careful.
You really have to be carfull about where to put your feet.
If a rat gets killed by a visitor, the visitor has to replace the rat with gold and silver, in shape of a rat. After we are a bit clean again,
a few people come around with self made coconut Schnaps.
Steffen want to be polite, also, he is curious. So he decides to take a sip. Steffen, please be careful. I stayed inside the car and was worried.
Luckily, in the end everything was ok. Somehow we got the feeling, that our empty camping spot was
getting quite popular. So it was time for us to continue driving.
We wanted to go further south. Our friends wanted to go north, together
with their dog Samo, the new family member. They managed to get to russia with the local documents. And in russia they got all the documents to take
Samo to Europe. So they could take him
home, to Germany.