13 elephants from Tiruchi district leave for Mudumalai

Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI : Thirteen elephants from Tiruchi district, including the elephants of the Srirangam Ranganathaswamy Temple, Thiruvanaikovil Akilandeswari Jambukeswarar Temple and the Rockfort Thayumanaswamy Temple, on Saturday left for the annual rejuvenation to be held at Mudumalai from November 21.

After days of training and rehearsal, the pachyderms boarded the trucks without much ado. The over 300-km journey was flagged off by Labour Welfare Minister P. Annavi in the presence of Collector K.Nanda Kishore and Joint Commissioner, Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments T.Jayaraman, from the Tollgate near the Coleroon river.

The Srirangam Temple elephant, Andal and the Thirvanaikovil temple elephant, Shanthi and the Rockfort temple elephant, Lakshmi, and 10 other private elephants from the district were among those which have been sent to the rejuvenation camp.

The Samayapuram Mariamman Temple elephant, Mariappan, has not been sent to the camp this year as it was stated to be in the `musth' period.

The mahouts of the respective elephants also accompanied them in the journey.

HR & CE officials said that all necessary arrangements had been made en route to ensure proper care and vigil during the transportation of the elephants.