After paying visits to temple of Salasar and Shyam Khatu we move on to JhunJhunu and then to Deshnok. This day we will cover 300 KM to travel by car and since we need to reach Karni Mata temple in time it would be best to start early in morning from Salasar. We will hold our night at Bikaner which is close to Deshnok.
Tip: Finding good food in Jhunjhunu is little difficult except in the Temple. So start early so you can reach there by 12 Noon.
Jhunjhunu > Deshnok > Bikaner [ Night Stay ]
JhunJhunu [ Rani Sati Temple ]
- Distance from Salasar Balaji:-88 km
- Traveling time: 2 hrs by Road
- Time spent: 2 hrs
As soon as you start from Salasar keep your camera ready because you will be spotting Peacock and Deer all the way till Bikaner. The best part of the complete trip is you have pretty smooth roads all over Rajasthan.
The temple is one of the most famous temple in the Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan. It is very huge and is full of colorful wall painting. It also decorated with white marble and gardens all around.
Rani Sati Temple was built to keep alive love of Narayani, Wife who gave her life for her beloved husband who died fighting. Her name is sign of love, sacrifice and her honesty towards her husband.
The temple is administrated by the Marwari Temple Board, Kolkata, one of the wealthiest temple trust of India and is second to Tirupathi temple.
The atmosphere and the garden of the temple attract every tourist. In the compound of Rani Sati temple, there is temple of lord Ganesh, Hanuman, Shiva along with the temple of thirteen Satis. Day meal is distributed on the coupon basis after
worship so if you start in time you can have lunch here. It closes at 1:30Pm generally.
On the Way to Karni Temple
On the way to Karni Temple we can cite few Peacocks and they were so beautiful. Here is one and rest will be show in the gallery at the end.
We found these Peacocks near Temple DoJati, which is on the way to Karni Mata Temple. The specially of this temple are two trees which share same roots and is something that should be looked upon.
Deshnok [ KARNI MATA Temple ]
- Distance from Jhunjhunu : 244 kms
- Time taken: 3 hrs 40 min
- Time spent : 45 MIN
Deshnok is on the same way to Bikaner and is one of the important landmark around Bikaner because of the trust and faith people have in Godess Karni. The temple is about 30 kms from Bikaner.
The Rat Temple:
This is the only temple where rats move freely and are worshiped in the temple. The most important feature that attracts the visitor to the temple are the rats who move in the campus of the temple. The rats are considered as the army of the Karni mata and it is also called as Temple of Rats.
Remember to move into the temple without lifting your feet. You should literally brush your feet against floor and move ahead. If one of the rat touches your feet, it’s considered auspicious but If one of the rat is killed by someone’s foot it should be replace with a rat made up of gold.
Most of the rats are black in colour but there are 4 or 5 white rats. If you are lucky to sight any of the white rat it is considered very auspicious. However there will be few people in temple who know where there white rats can be found often and help you to sight one of them for you.
Here is a video of the Rats at Karni Temple which we took and its fun watching them!!
The temple is fascinating the huge silver gate and marble carving that was donated by Maharaja Ganga Singh ji. According to a local legend, Karni Mata, the 14th century mystic and an incarnation of Hindu goddess Durga, implored, Yama, the god of death to restore to life, the son of a storyteller, and upon his refusal she incarnated the dead son, and all of the storytellers as a rat, under her protection
Make sure you reach the temple by 9 PM as the temple closes by 9:30 Pm night. You can leave your shoes and belongings inside the car. In case you are tired too much I would suggest to have dinner near the temples. There are couple of small food spots which can prepare food on demand.
From here you can move on to Bikaner which is 30 Km from here and you should be there in an Hour max. You can either have prior booking or ask you driver to suggest some good place. We stayed at Chotu Motu Hotel which is in an area where everything is close including restaurants where you can have good breakfast in morning.
Rajasthan Trip Travel Index
- Start [ Plan, Tips and Maps ]
- Visiting temples of Shyam Khatu and Salasar BalaJi
- Visiting temples of Rani Sati and Karni Mata
- Visiting temples of Bhairon Ji and Ramdevra
- Jaisalmer : The Golden City with a Mighty Fort [ Rajasthan ]
- The Amazing Museum inside Jaisalmer Fort
- Sand Dunes of Jaisalmer
- Mount Abu : Gateway to Wintery Rajasthan
- Udaipur, City of Lakes
- Nathdwara and Pushkar