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| Last Updated:: 25/08/2023














Scientific name


Rattus rattus (Linn)


Common name


Black Rat




Kala chuha








Throughout India


Religious association




















In India, in the northwestern city of Deshnoke in Rajasthan, the Karni Mata (an incarnation of Goddess Durga) temple is devoted to the worship of rats.



The holy rats are called “Kabbas” and many people undertake pilgrimage from distant places to see the rodents. It is widely believed that the rats will reincarnate as sadhus or holy men in their next birth. The priests feed milk and grain to the animals of which also the pilgrims partake.











Source: “Sacred Animals Of India” by  Nanditha Krishna,  (Penguin Book India, 2010)