Faces of India – 300
Faces of India
a series through which I intend to portray the various characters of my country whom I met during my travels. I bring back souvenirs, frozen moments from my travels, why not some memories of people I have met and interacted during the travels. Faces of India is a weekly series in my blog since MARCH 2011. See more here…
This week I bring you a face who feels blessed to have that rat on her shoulder. If you are thinking it is her pet rat then let me tell you no. It is not a pet rat. Still puzzled? I recently visited Karnimata Temple in Deshnoke, Bikaner. This temple is one of those quirky temples of India where rats are revered and considered holy. The residents of the village believe that rats are reincarnation of their ancestors.
When I saw this rat climbing up her hand and making itself comfortable on her shoulder I was shocked that she didn’t move or squirm. Instead she sat still unwilling to disturb the rat. I asked her to pose for my camera and she happily lifted her face a bit. I asked her in a concerned manner how she was feeling about the rat seated on her shoulder… she said she felt blessed! Is she brave or blinded and numbed by faith I wondered!