The temple is inhabited by rats: thousands of them.
...or indeed if some join you for lunch (you have seen the one in the bowl, now look on the knee of the gentleman on the left).
Don't worry - the rats in the pictures above and below are not dead.
The rats are not tame but they are so used to humans trailing in and out that they have become oblivious to their presence. They know, too, that they are protected and this has led to fearlessness of which even Durga would approve! As mentioned before, the rats above are not dead but simply asleep – dozing peacefully completely in the open in the full knowledge that they will be unharmed. For now, though, let's leave them to their feast.
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