A special parasol made in the form of the famed elephant Thiruvambadi Sivasunder that died recently, for the Kudamattom ceremony of Thrissur Pooram.K.K. Najeeb
Thousands witness Aanayoottu ceremony at Vadakkunnathan Temple in Thrissur
Aanayoottu (feeding of elephants) and the Ashtadravya Mahaganapathy homom ritual, meant for propitiating Lord Ganesha, were held at the Sree Vadakkunnathan Temple here on Tuesday under the auspices of the Vadakkunnathan Kshetra Kshema Samithi.
Around 60 elephants participated in the Aanayoottu. Thousands of devotees as well as elephant lovers, including women and children, thronged at the Thekkinkadu maidan to witness the ritual and to have a glimpse of the elephants.
Partially blind and with a reputation for violence, elderly pachyderm brought back after outcry
For decades Ramu, now in his 50s with the odd grey hair but still instantly recognisable by his broad forehead and aquiline nose, has inaugurated an Indian temple festival by bursting through a huge wooden door and striding imperiously through the crowds to cheering and fireworks.