Gajalakshmi, that is Lakshmi with elephants, is one of the most significant Ashtalakshmi aspects of the Hindu goddessLakshmi. In this aspect, the goddess is depicted seated on a lotus, flanked on both side by an elephant (gaja). She is shown as seated in Padmasana yogic posture, and has four arms. In each of her upper pair of arms, she carries a lotus, and the lower hands are generally shown in abhya and varadamudra. The elephants flanking her are shown as pouring water from their trunk over the goddess.
Elephants are an integral part of the Mysore Dasara Festival. The elephants form the core of the Mysore Dasara procession on the Vijayadashami day. The leadelephant carries the Golden Howdah (Chinnada Ambari) with the Goddess Chamundeshwari in it.
Vet treatment and positive reinforcement target training go hand in hand when working with captive elephants. Medical treatment and visits to the clinic can be a stressful occasion for a captive elephant. Having spent their lives in the tourist and logging industry, our elephants have suffered injuries that would often go untreated in their previous lives. The pain and abuse inflicted on these elephants leaves them very untrusting and uncomfortable with people touching certain areas of their body such as their feet and ears.
Located on the banks of the mighty Zambezi river in Zimbabwe at Mana Pools, It would seem this Safari Company is encouraging Elephants to visit the camp for titbits. This very nice Bull elephant throws a little tantrum scaring the life out of some tourists from Ireland, when the titbits finish. Familiarity breeds contempt at least for this elephant