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Temple elephant

2019-08-06 21:23:02

Temple elephants are a type of captive elephant. Many major temples own elephants; others hire or are donated elephants during the festive seasons. Temple elephants are usually wild animals, poached from the forests of North East India from wild herds at a young age and then sold into captivity to temples. Their treatment in captivity has been the subject of controversy and condemnation by some [1], while others claim that elephants form a vital part of the socio-economic framework of many temple ceremonies and festivals in India, particularly in the South.

The largest elephant farm in India is Punnathurkotta of the temple of Guruvayur; it has about 59 captive elephants; it currently houses 58 captive elephants, of which 53 are adult males and 5 are females.


  • 1 Gallery on elephants
  • 2 References
  • 3 See also
  • 4 External links

Gallery on elephants


  1. ^ New documentary exposes abuse of India's sacred elephants

See also

  • Animal worship
  • Guruvayur Keshavan
  • Thrissur Pooram

External links

  • Temple Elephants Video A short QuickTime video of Elephants from Tiruvannamalai, Sri Rangam and elsewhere.