Elephants of Kerala - Pictures of Asian elephants in Kerala, India  
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Since time immemorial, elephants have been an integral part of the daily life in Kerala - a southern tropical state in India. These huge mammals have been loved, revered, groomed and given a prestigious place in the state's culturescape.

The forests of Kerala are the natural habitat of the Asian elephants (Elephas maximus). They are often referred to as the sons of the 'Sahya' (the Western Ghats). No festival or celebration is complete without an elephant procession. Rows of majestically caparisoned elephants, replete with colorful silken parasols form the most spectacular part of any event here.

The elephant headed god - Ganapathy(the son of Lord Siva)is worshipped by the millions of hindus in India and hence elephants are revered by the Keralites. These gentle pachyderms have the privilege of carrying the idols of gods during the temple festivals and processions. In Punnathur Kotta - an elephant sanctuary in Guruvayur, around 40 domesticated elephants are groomed for the service of Lord Krishna by the temple management.

In Punnathur Kotta - an elephant sanctuary in the temple town of Guruvayur, India - a pachyderm cools off in the sweltering heat.

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