Asia | India | Kerala – elephants at guruvayur
i went to guruvayur today and visited the sanctury where rescued elephants are kept. It is both good and bad to see, as the elephants are kept chained up, and i saw one being poked and prodded to do what the mahouts wanted him to do. there were tears in his eyes as they made him lie down, and it took a full 15 minutes for him to comply with the men who prodded the back of his knees with metal poles to get him down. he was chained both on a front leg and a rear leg, and was kicking out at the poles that poked him.
the other side was watching a couple of elephants being washed in a large pool, they were lying in the water being scrubbed all over and were obviously enjoying every moment. these elephants (over 30 that i saw) have all been saved from a certain death, by wealthy benefactors. when they retire or are just not wanted by temples where they were used for rituals and processions. they are all fed well, and are taken for walks around the compound.
i left guruvayur with the image of the elephants in the pool, and am now in calicut for the night, planning on getting to mysore tomorrow.