02/06/2012 02:13 pm ET

India Rat Temple Is Home To 15,000 Revered Rodents Worshipped As Reincarnated Family Members

On the surface, this temple in northern India appears like any other. But there's a main difference: there are 15,000 deities living inside it and they happen to be rats.

Believed by locals to be the reincarnation of former family members, the rats are allowed to run rampant in and around the temple -- a notion that would seem impossible to those living in the West.

But if you want to experience these revered rodents, you must remove your shoes and walk and sit among them.

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