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The sad plight of a temple elephant

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Bad times:Parthasarathy at an elephant camp of the TDB at Aranmula.– Photo: Leju Kamal
Bad times:Parthasarathy at an elephant camp of the TDB at Aranmula.– Photo: Leju Kamal

Parthasarathy, a 43-year-old elephant of the Sree Parthasarathy Temple, attached to the Travancore Devaswom Board, has been tethered to a coconut palm and left without water for the past two days at the elephant camp at Aranmula.

There is no mahout to take care of the animal. From a distance, children throw palm leaves, plantains and other eatables, which have been sustaining the elephant. The first mahout went on medical leave a few months ago. The second mahout followed suit due to a cardiac problem two days ago. Another mahout, Shekharan, who had been taking care of Parthasarathy for long, was transferred to Kollam. Devotees have urged the temple authorities to address the food and water requirements of the elephant. Parthasarathy was brought to the Aranmula temple as a devotee’s offering 37 years ago.

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