We had an opportunity to visit the Thirunakkata Utsavam Festival and witness this passionate and lively celebration. Twenty two elephants paraded through the Thiirunakkara Mahadevar temple grounds unadorned. Then each one was caprisoned in glittering gold brocade.
Next, entered two horn and drum ensembles engaging in “melems”, trying to musically outdo each other.
The men riding the elephants carried umbrellas and large fans and performed to the music.
Several thousand spectators cheered them on .We enjoyed taking pictures of them and they enjoyed taking pictures of us. Very few Westerners there.
The event was officially opened by Bollywood superstar Jayaram.
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SueBee and Kat29 Mar 2014
Fabulous shots, beautiful animals all decorated! ~SueBee
snaps2229 Mar 2014
What lovely bright elephant images. I am enjoying your Indian photos so much.
Toni and Tom29 Mar 2014
travelerlynne29 Mar 2014
Reblogged this on On the Go with Lynne and commented:
Another reblog from Ron’s photos. This was an incredible cultural experience. Hope you enjoy. We are in Udaipur now and will be in the Rajastan state for a week. As our guide told us, the food and dialect changes every 100 km throughout India. The diversity is what makes India incredible.
worldtravellerjunior30 Mar 2014
Very excited to see this post. We are heading to Kerala on Friday… Any intel on other Poorams over the next week or two?
fotograffer30 Mar 2014
None that we are aware of, but the Indians love their festivals. Ask around when you get there/
anotherday2paradise30 Mar 2014
What amazing experiences you’re having on your travels! This is a spectacle of note. Great captures, Ron. 🙂
catbirdinamerica30 Mar 2014
What an amazing and spectacular experience! I love that first photo; the composition is wonderful.
commonsensegok1 Apr 2014
Clearly the Chinese have not seen these beautiful elephants. They’d not still be alive with tusks on them.
fotograffer4 Apr 2014
Luckily for the Indian elephants, their tusks are not very big. Thanks.
Madhu12 Apr 2014
Brilliant images Ron! You have managed to captured the atmosphere of a South Indian temple festival so well!
fotograffer24 Apr 2014
Thanks Madhu. The festival was a highlight of our trip.