Relaxing and Refreshing time for 13 Elephants of Mangalamkunnu Tharavad

Published on: 01 Aug, 2013
Published under: General Kerala News, Palakkad District News

31 July 2013

The 13 elephants of Mangalamkunnu Tharavad in Ottapalam are regaining their health after the hectic four-month festival season which ended in May.It is rejuvenation in elephantine proportions at Mangalamkunnu Tharavad, a remote village of the same name in Ottappalam taluk of Palakkad district.

The elephants of the ‘tharavadu’ such as Mangalamkunnu Ayyappan, Karnan, and Ganapathy are deemed ‘super stars’ and are sought for temple festivals.

Mangalamkunnu Tharavad houses 13 domesticated elephants. Only Guruvayur Devaswom outnumbers this (64). The 13 tuskers there, popular among elephant-lovers in the State, are given an Ayurveda therapy (Sukha Chikilsa) during June-July as per Hasti Ayurveda, the traditional book that prescribes treatment for elephants.

Ayyappan was the first elephant to be brought by M.A. Parameswaran from Bihar in 1976. Over the years, Mr. Parameswaran and his brother M.A. Haridas added 17 more. Four elephants died.


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