ANDHRA PRADESH

Tusker gives anxious moments

JUMBO PROBLEM: Chittoor MP D.K. Audikesavulu and other VIPs and devotees of Sri Sringeri Sankaracharya tumble down as the TTD temple elephant charges menacingly at them at Alipir while the seer is being welcomed traditionally.  



Special Correspondent

Turns restive at the ceremonial reception offered to the Sankaracharya of Sri Sringeri Sarada Peetham at Alipiri in Tirupathi

TIRUPATI: Looks like it is the season for elephants to hog the limelight. Close on the heels of the palace elephant Indira's tantrums in broad daylight on the Mysore city roads on Wednesday, it was the turn of a TTD elephant here on Thursday.

The caparisoned tusker turned restive at the ceremonial reception offered to the Sankaracharya of Sri Sringeri Sarada Peetham as he reached Alipiri, the foot of the hill before proceeding to Tirumala for a darshan.

The tusker standing a little away when the TTD authorities and veda pundits were offering a traditional welcome to the seer suddenly moved forward menacingly. The unexpected behaviour of the pachyderm made the VIPs, officials and devotees standing around the pontiff run in panic. Some of them fell down as they tried to scamper around. The jumbo, however, hurt none and moved away to a corner amid frantic efforts by its mahout to bring it under control.

Among those who fell and received bruises were D.K.Audikesavulu, Chittoor MP and TTD Chief Vigilance and Security Officer Balakrishna.