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Elephants in Kerala culture (en); kerala hathi (hi); ana (ml); Kerala kültüründe filler (tr)

Elephants are an integral part of the daily life in Kerala, India. As the state animal, the elephant is featured on the emblem of the Government of Kerala. Almost all of the festivals in Kerala include at least one richly caparisoned elephant. Elephants carry the deity during annual festival processions and ceremonial circumnambulations in the temples. The Temple elephants in Kerala are decorated with gold plated caparisons (nettipattom), bells, and necklaces. People mounted on the elephants hold tinselled silk parasols (muthukuda) up high, swaying white tufts (venchamaram) and peacock feather fans (aalavattom) to the rhythm of the orchestra. Most of the Hindu temples in Kerala own elephants, the majority of which are donated by devotees. The famous Guruvayur temple has more than 60 domesticated elephants, thus the presiding deity, Guruvayurappan, is said to be the owner of the world's largest number of domesticated elephants. The world's only Elephant Palace is constructed in Punnathur Kotta to house the temple's elephants. A famous elephant, named Guruvayur Keshavan, belonged to this temple.


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