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Old 28th May 2012, 18:25   #46
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We walked on
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Nadinele Prince Haveli was recommended by Lonely Planet.
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But the approach road was not very much acceptable
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Hadn't it for Lonely Planet Guide Book, we would not have even taken a second look at going there
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Some how we made it
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Some people were enjoying a game of card - They warned us of the exhorbitant entry charges of the haveli and said you can see the same else where for free.
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The entrance to the Haveli
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The paintings outside the haveli - did not inspire much from wahta we have seen already
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They charged us an atrocious Rs 200 per person for the entry

The haveli as told by the gentlemen outside offered nothing new or refreshing compared to what we had seen already. All this was just a commercial hype, I think you can give this place a miss in your travels.

Anyways some pictures of the place to be fair with it.

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Some more pictures
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Old 28th May 2012, 18:50   #49
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We wound up the visit fast
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Some info!
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The outside of the haveli
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We braved our way back through the mess
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OMG! A huge Ox
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It's a donkey's life
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The last building we saw before we left Fatehpur
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We moved on towards Bikaner
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We stopped by at the National Research Centre on Camel
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Ladies and kiddies waiting for the tickets to enter
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There is a Camel Museum
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Some pictures from the Museum
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An article on NRCC
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A camel School Bus
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Different breeds of Camel

Bikaneri
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Jaisalmeri
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Kachchi
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Mewari
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Double humped Bactrians
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NRCC
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A painting
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We went towards the place where camel riding was done
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Camel Cart ride too was available
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I wanted to see how the camel sits down and gets up. the following snaps show the sequence
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We did not take the ride here since it was planned for a different date and place in our itinery.

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We went to the place where camels were kept
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We saw the different breeds of camels
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He had some parrots for company
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It was almost 16:00hours, we witnessed the Biblical home coming of the camels. It was a wonderful feeling to have seen the home coming of a hundred camels!

We watched the herd coming back
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The home coming
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He likes all the attention he gets!
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He gives me a portrait
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It was getting delayed and we started our return form NRCC.

Camel Cart Ride
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The camel ride
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Some paintings for sale
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Camel shaped shrub!
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Camel Milk Parlour
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Flavoured Camel Milk
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I took a camel milk tea, which promptly ended up here, much to the amusement of this black guy
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Our Bus outside NRCC
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We drove towards Deshnok
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We reached Karni Mata Temple, Deshnok by 18:00 hours
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The Karni Mata temple, Deshnok is situated 30 km from Bikaner. The temple is dedicated to an early 15th century mystic, considered to be a reincarnation of Goddess Durga. This temple is quite famous for a large number of brown rats running around the temple complex fearlessly. It is believed that the souls of dead Charans (traditional bards, the devotees of Mata) reside in these rats. It is considered very lucky seeing a white rat or when a rat runs over your foot.During the time of aarti, these rats are offered sweets, grains, etc by the devotees.The thing which strikes everyone with wonder is the presence of thousands and thousands of rats in the temple which freely moved about unscared of anyone Despite the presence of the pilgrims in great numbers. At no time in the past plague broke out here. There was no incidence of plague at all. People deem this as an miracle of Karanimata. In the whole world this is a unique temple where rats freely move out.
The priests of Shakta cult worshiped the Goddess. The rats are fed on Milk and Laddu. The descendants of Karnimata who are Depawats of the Charan Community worship the Goddess. Whenever someone's whishes are fulfilled, he prepares prasadam in two big cauldrons of iron. This prasadam is distributed amongst who are present and all who visit.
The idol of deity is one feet three inches wide and two and half feet tall. Bikaner's ruler Ganga Singh had the whole temple built in marble. The domes of the temple are made of silver and gold. The manadap and the panels above the image are also golden. Devotees place offerings in silver and gold when their prayers are answered.The elaborate works on the main gate of the temple is a tribute to the fine craftsmanship of the artisans of those days. The principal temple alongwith the circumambulatory path and outer walls is built of red stone but the main gate is grand and high and it is made of marble on which beautiful carving work has been done. Infrornt of the inner temple marble has been elegantly used. The entire floor of the temple is also of marble. Inside the inner temple the small shrine which is said to have been made 600 years ago by Karni Mata herself is present. This shrine the small one and it was built with brick and round stones.
Legends
The temple is also famous for its holy rodents who are revered as 'Kabas'.The legend goes that Karni Mata, a mystic matriarch from the 14th century, was an incarnation of Durga, the goddess of power and victory. At some point during her life, the child of one of her clansmen died. She attempted to bring the child back to life, only to be told by Yama, the god of death, that he had already been reincarnated. Karni Mata cut a deal with Yama: From that point forward, all of her tribespeople would be reborn as rats until they could be born back into the clan.In Hinduism, death marks the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new one on the path to a soul's eventual oneness with the universe. This cycle of transmigration is known as samsara and is precisely why Karni Mata's rats are treated like royalty.
According to another legend, the Maharaja of Bikaner had a vision where Karni Mata appeared and asked him to protect her rats. The Maharaja then built the Karni Mata temple with marble and silver adornments.
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The stories engraved on the silver entrance doors
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The idol of the Deity
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We saw a lot of rats, all calm and composed
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