route to Jodhpur , the temple is dedicated to Karni Mata -an
incarnation of Durga. The temple has fascinating huge silver
gates and marble carvings that were donated by Maharaja
Ganga Singhji The most attractive feature of temple are the
rodents who scamper freely within the premises and if one
touches your feet its considered auspicious. They are
regarded sacred and devotees buy prasad (feeding) to
offer to them.
History of Karni Mata
was endowed with divine powers. The daughter of Meha Ji
Kiniya, Karni Ji incarnated on 28th Sep.,1387 at Suvap
Village in Tehsil Phalodi of Jodhpur District.She was marrid
to depaji.The present deshnoke was founded by her on Baisakh
Sudi Dwitiya Samvat 1476. Karni Ji developed the area into a
sanctury and anyone seeking asylum in this area was put to
no harm. People accused of crime used to come here and adop
sanityto get themselves absolved of their sins. Karni mata
witnessed the accession to royal thrones by three
consecutive generations of rulers Rao Ridmal , Rao Jodha and
Rao Bika. She was instrumental in enabling those three kings
to get the reins of power . Rao Bika beseeched her blessings
and founded a new empire in 1488A.D.
arranged his marriage with the doughter of Bhati Rao Shekha
of Pugal, who was in prison at that time at Multan. The
marriage procession arrived and as the presence of bride's
father was essential in the circuit ceremony, Karniji
flew-off to Multan in the shape of an eagle , brought
Shekha with her and caused him to complete the ceremony.
sought her advice for each and every important issue and
worked according to her instructions. Several instances show
that whenever the kings of Bikaner found themselves in
trouble , they remembered Karniji and with her blessing
succeeded in getting over their turmois. The royal family of
Bikaner always held Karniji in great esteem. The 'Garbh
Griha' of deshnoke temple was founded by Karniji herself .
The marble construction was completed in the time of
Maharaja Ganga Singhji with superb architectural and
artistic designs. Mata Churned curd with wooden form of dry
tree which was later transformed into green vegitation .deshnoke
has given us renowned men of literature. The Charans are
famous for their literary creation and devotion to the
deity.People here live in peace, harmony and fraternity .Karniji's
name is attached with all sorts of social, literary and
religious institutions. Pilgrims come to pay their homage to
Karni Mata twice a year at the time of Nav Ratra. The 'ORAN'
is a sacred and protected area fore trees . There is strict
prohibition for cutting the trees.
approaches for the protection of environment and keeping it
unpolluted has saved people from many vissasitudes through
the centuries. Karniji's blessings are always with the
people of Bikaner.
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