1. Huge of elephant within the temple compound
2. Hindu clergymen adorning a headdress representing the idol of the deity Balasubramanian
3. Cutaway of a priest carrying flowers
4. Headdress being positioned on the elephant’s head
5. Huge of drummers
6. Varied of drums
7. Shut up of golden decoration on elephant’s brow
8. Shut up of headdress positioned on elephant’s head
9. Women carrying conventional lamps
10. Shut up of a lamp surrounded by flowers on a tray
11. Huge of ceremony
12. SOUNDBITE: (Malayalam) N Kannan, Temple priest:
“The saying goes that Subramanian (Lord Kartikeya, brother of Lord Ganesha) in his childhood would seize Ganapathy’s (Elephant God, Lord Ganesha) tail whereas taking part in. Right here, the elephant signifies Ganapathy and other people symbolize Subramanian. So individuals attempt to catch maintain of the elephant’s tail. That’s the custom.”
13. SOUNDBITE: (Malayalam) Manoj Kumar, Devotee:
“That is our tradition and we look forward to this competition. Yearly, because the competition attracts to an finish, we look ahead to the subsequent one. I’ve been witnessing it for the previous thirty years and for the final 5 years, I’ve additionally been taking part.”
14. Embellished elephant going around the temple
15. Mid shot of ladies trying over a wall
16. Huge of crowd ready for the ceremony to start
17. Elephant saluting the deity earlier than turning and operating whereas the devotees give chase, zoom in to the winner holding the tail in his hand
18. SOUNDBITE: (English) Christine Ross, British Vacationer:
“It’s so thrilling… I’ve by no means seen something prefer it earlier than and the drummers earlier than the occasion have been actually good. It actually builds up the joy. And the elephant…I didn’t know elephants may run fairly so rapidly as that. Excellent.”
19. Varied of individuals on the ceremony
20. SOUNDBITE: (Malayalam) Baiju, Profitable Devotee:
“I noticed austerities for six days, that’s how I used to be capable of catch the elephant’s tail. Solely with God’s blessings can one even contact the elephant’s tail. I’m very joyful that I acquired the blessings.”
21. SOUNDBITE: (Malayalam) Gopalakrishna Pillai, Elephant Mahout:
“At the moment the elephant attracts energy from the God. He (elephant) has been doing this so he is aware of.”
22. Huge of the elephant
Hindu devotees in southern India have been flocking to Kerala for the annual spring competition.
The 10 day competition is held in March on the Sree Balasubramanya Swamy temple in Umayanalloor in Kerala’s Kollam district.
Devotees go to the temple to worship the deity Balasubramany but additionally to participate in a a lot cherished ritual during which they need to chase an elephant.
The traditional Sree Balasubramanya Swamy temple in Umayanalloor in Kerala’s Kollam district is believed to have been constructed some 2000 years in the past.
Throughout the Spring competition, the temple’s most important attraction is the elephant tail-catching ritual.
On the eighth day of the competition, devotees in addition to vacationers from far and large flock to the temple for the distinctive ritual.
Though the precise date of its origin is unknown, the ritual signifies the playful pranks of the deity Subramanian and his brother Ganesha.
N Kannan, the temple priest explains that Subramanian (Lord Kartikeya, brother of Lord Ganesha) in his childhood would seize Ganapathy’s (Elephant God, Lord Ganesha) tail whereas taking part in. Within the ritual the elephant represents Ganapathy and other people symbolize Subramanian, so the custom is that the individuals attempt to catch maintain of the elephant’s tail.
Elephants are taken by means of hours of rituals throughout which they’re fed, embellished after which taken across the temple in a procession earlier than reaching the beginning place of the ritual.
One ultimate salute to the deity and the elephant begins his 100-metre (328 ft) sprint.
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