Lakshmi elephant

Lakshmi elephant

Here is the place where you can see the bath of the elephant named Lakshmi. The elephant makes her way to the bottom of the steps leading to the river. These steps are known as ghats in India. The bath goes on for at least half an hour. Elephant lies in the river to be scrubbed by mahout. Flopping her ears and closing her eyes, she wakes up only to stand and turn over to have the other side bathed. I suppose that she lives for these moments of pampering. We have heard the life for a temple elephant is very dreary. They spend their days chained to the ground accepting offerings from pilgrims. They are paraded around for ceremonies and they are given very little freedom to roam. I assume that this is the highlight of her day. Children swim and play nearby and yell at us to take their photograph. Adults bath right beside the elephant as a crowd watches the event from the ghats.

Stairway on the south bank of the river

stairway on the south bank of the river