Diwali or the Festival of Lights will be celebrated across India on October the 30th this year. Three weeks before Diwali, another Festival called Dusshera is celebrated which earmarks the Victory of Good over Evil.
The pictures that follow are from the magnificent Mysore Palace,Mysore, Karanataka, India where Dusshera is celebrated with much pomp and grandeur.
Jumbos or Elephants (English), Haathi ( Hindi), Elephas maximus ( Scientific name) are at the centre of the Dusshera celebrations. ( do read previous blogs titled GENTLE GIANTS ,BABY ELEPHANTS and MAMMOTH TASK )
They are the guests of the Royal family for several months as a consequence of the celebrations.
You can see the historical and Grand Mysore Palace in the backdrop and a heavily decorated Male Elephant in the foreground which awaits it’s turn to go home.
The Magnificent archways of the Mysore Palace bid adieu to the Jumbos who board large Trucks for their ride home.
The Female and Male Elephants can be sized up in the picture below as they are cajoled to board the trucks .
As they were guests of the Royalty of Mysore, they were fed hearty and rich meals. Consequently most of them gained close to 500 kilograms in weight.
For now the festival is over and they get ready for their Ride Home in Open Trucks.
It was by sheer chance that I photographed the entire process of transporting the Jumbos. I was looking for the oldest temple in the palace and stumbled upon an amazing sequence of a Jumbo Ride.
I think it was an unnerving experience for these Large Mammals as many of them had to be prodded and coerced to board the trucks.
I wonder was it a celebration for these Enchanting and Lovely Mammals ?