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Karni Mata

Karni Mata (Hindi: करणी माता) is a Wonder featured in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties. It is available to the Indians, and is used to advance Ages. Once built, it sends a shipment of all resources.

Overview Edit

It has a passive ability called "Keeper of Rats" which boosts all the resource gathering rate by +10% in its 36 range area.

  • Aging from the Discovery to the Colonial Age grants 200 food and wood, and 100 coin.
  • From Colonial to Fortress Age grants 400 food, and 300 wood and gold.
  • From Fortress to Industrial Age grants 400 food, and 500 wood and gold.
  • From Industrial to Imperial Age grants 800 of all resources except export.

History Edit

"In Hinduism, Karni Mata is an incarnation of Durga, the fourteenth-century warrior-deity often called “the rat goddess.” In the small town of Deshnoke, in the Indian state of Rajasthan, stands a marble temple dedicated to Karni Mata. Built in the nineteenth century, the Karni Mata temple is known less for its architecture than its title of “Temple of Rats,” due to its 200,000-plus rodent inhabitants.

The legend tells that at one point in the life of Karni Mata a child of one of her clansmen died. In an attempt to bring the child back to life, Karni Mata approached Yama, the god of death. Yama explained that the child had already been reincarnated. Defeated, Karni Mata made an agreement with Yama: from that day forward, all of her clansmen would be reborn as rats until they could be born back into the clan.

Since Hinduism views death as but one step in a person’s quest for oneness with the universe, the rats of Karni Mata rats are treated like royalty. Twice a year during the Hindu festival of Navaratri, thousands of pilgrims descend upon the Karni Mata temple to pay their respects to these kabbas, or holy creatures.
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