Tiruchirapalli, Oct 26: The elephant of Sri Mariamman temple at Samayapuram near here yesterday had created panic after it developed "musth" and turned restive.
Hindu Religious and Endownment Department Deputy Commissioner and Executive Officer of the temple Ashok said with the help of specialised veterinarians, the pachyderm was ranquilised.
Mr Ashok said the elephant developed musth in early September this year and was under constant observation. To prevent the animal from turning violent, a female elephant was kept adjacent to the troubled animal. The chains already used to tie the elephant were replaced with new ones, as a precautionary measure, he added.
He said the 19-year-old elephant developed musth a couple of years ago and it was controlled in time.