Thrissur ( Kerala), July 18 (ANI): Elephants in Thrissur in Kerala, start the monsoon month with long rejuvenation therapy during which they are kept away from hard labour and fed with ayurvedic concoctions for their good health and well-being.
Amidst a downpour, hundreds of people gathered at the Vadakkunathan Temple at Thrissur, on Friday and fed around 45 elephants with 'ladoos', sweet, made of rice and jaggery, and offered prayers.
The elephants were ritualistically relieved from daily chores for a month-long restorative treatment called 'Aanayoottu'.
Aanayoottu literally means feeding the elephants with specially prepared food, which is valued for its high medicinal value. This medicinal concoction is regarded as vital for enhancing the well being of elephants.
"We are giving utmost care to these elephants in Kerala, providing all the amenities for the elephants for their health," said P.B. Giridas, veterinary doctor.
The medication will continue for the next 20 to 25 days for each of the pachyderm depending on its health conditions and weight.
The month of Karkidakam or the last month of the Malayalam colander year is considered to be ideal for all kinds of rejuvenation therapies in Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine.
According to the veterinary doctor Dr. P.B. Giridas, it is very useful for the elephants during the month, as they will remain healthy for the next whole year.
The medicated mixture given to the elephants during the period comprises cooked rice with ghee, wheat flour, powdered black gram, palm jaggery and herbal powders.
The formulation is administered to the animals to protect and improve their health during the monsoon months when they are not taken for any temple processions or any other work and are provided with full rest.
Thrissur houses a majority of temple elephants in captivity, the Punnathur Kota near Guruvayoor has 66 of pachyderm belonging to the temple also started its therapy period. (ANI)