Karni Mata Fair

Location:

Deshnok, a small town near Nokha 60 km from district headquarters in Bikaner, Rajasthan.

Main Attraction:

Held in the honor of the deity Karni Mata, worshipped by the royal family of Bikaner.

Dates 2014:

Twice each year (March-April and September-October)

 

Karni Mata fair is held to commemorate Karni Mata, considered to be a Goddess by the people of Rajasthan and believed to be the deity of erstwhile rulers of Bikaner. The temple of the Goddess is made of stone and marble.

The fair in her honour is held twice yearly, the first and larger fair in March-April from Chaitra Shukla Ekam to Chaitra Shukla Dashmi, during the Navratras. The second fair is held from Ashvin Shukla to Ashwin Shukla Dashmi in September-October, also during the Navratras. The Rajput bring their children here for their first hair cut and to receive the deity\'s blessing.

The temple is opened for the public at 4.00 a.m. Charan priests perform Mangla-Ki-Aarti and offer bhog (special food) as worship. This temple is known for the large number of brown rats inhabiting it. They are considered auspicious and are completely harmless. The sighting of a white rat is believed to be very auspicious.

The devotees make two kinds of offerings, the \'dwar-bhent\' given to the priests and the workers and the \'kalash-bhent\' utilised for the temple maintenance and development.

 
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