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Updated: November 26, 2012 14:57 IST

Elephants given a warm send-off

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Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple elephant Andal being taken to Mettupalayam, in the city on Sunday. Photo: M. Srinath
The Hindu Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple elephant Andal being taken to Mettupalayam, in the city on Sunday. Photo: M. Srinath

Three elephants from the city were sent from here to the annual rejuvenation camp to be held at Mettupalayam, on Sunday. The temple elephants Akila aged 11 from Sri Jambukeswarar–Akilandeswari temple in Tiruvanaikovil, Andal aged 33 from Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, and Lakshmi aged 20 from Rockfort Thayumanaswamy Temple were sent for rejuvenation. The elephants were brought from the temples to the office of the Joint Commissioner of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment (HR and CE) Department in Srirangam. Officials led by A. Ilamparithi, Joint Commissioner of HR and CE, supervised the arrangements for the transit of the elephants. S. Kalyani, executive officer of Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Thangamuthu, assistant commissioner and executive officer of Sri Jambukeswarar Akilandeswari Temple, and G. Jayapriya, executive officer of Rockfort Sri Thayumanaswamy Temple, were present.


Three temple elephants - Sengamalam from Sri Rajagoapalaswamy Temple at Mannargudi in Tiruvarur district; Dharmambal from Aiyarappar temple at Thiruvaiyaru in Thanjavur district; and Suligambal of Agneeswaraswamy temple at Thirupugalur in Nagapattinam district were sent to the rejuvenation camp .

Earlier, the elephants were made to board lorries in the respective temples at Mannargudi, Thiruvaiyaru and Thirupugalur, and brought to Tamil University in the morning. Pujas were performed to the elephants in the respective temples and the animals were garlanded. The elephants were received by S.Ilango, Joint Commissioner of HR and CE, at Tamil University, and sent to Mettupalayam. Mr.Ilango flagged off the three vehicles.

One elephant that missed the camp this year is Vellaiyammal of Big Temple in Thanjavur. Age came in its way and veterinary doctors advised not to transport the 62-year-old pachyderm.

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