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Twenty Two Elephants, Pakal Pooram Thirunakkara Mahadevar temple in Kottayam

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Twenty Two Elephants, eleven lined up at each end of the festival as the band plays like it's a battle of the bands. The Pakal Pooram ia a replica of the famous Thrissur Pooram and is held at Thirunakkara Mahadevar temple in Kottayam

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A: Thirunakkara Pakal Pooram, Another Elephant Arrives

od Roger Berry, 10 meters away

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Thirunakkara Pakal Pooram, Another Elephant Arrives

B: Tiger Dancers, Thirunakkara Mahadeva temple India

od Roger Berry, 30 meters away

'Pulikali' (play of the tigers), a colorful recreational folk art performed by trained artists, was a...

Tiger Dancers, Thirunakkara Mahadeva temple India

C: Elephants Leaving the Pakal Pooram at the Thirunakkara Mahadevar temple in Kottayam

od Roger Berry, 70 meters away

Near the end of the festival the 11 Elephants on this side are Leaving the Pakal Pooram at the Thirun...

Elephants Leaving the Pakal Pooram at the Thirunakkara Mahadevar temple in Kottayam

D: Kottayam Thirunakkara Pakalpooram

od Roger Berry, 120 meters away

Around 4pm the Tiger Dancers start at the Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, a colorful recreational folk ...

Kottayam Thirunakkara Pakalpooram

E: Elephants at The Kottayam Temple, Bathing Elephats

od Roger Berry, 210 meters away

Many of these temples own one or more temple elephants, here they are giving the elephants bathes get...

Elephants at The Kottayam Temple, Bathing Elephats

F: Thousands of Oil Lamps and Colorful Lights, Pakal Pooram Thirunakkara Mahadevar temple in Kottayam

od Roger Berry, 310 meters away

As the 22 elephants are celebrated in front of the temple, here around the back thousand of oil lamps...

Thousands of Oil Lamps and Colorful Lights, Pakal Pooram Thirunakkara Mahadevar temple in Kottayam

G: Oil Lamps and Colorful Lights, Pakal Pooram Thirunakkara Mahadevar temple in Kottayam

od Roger Berry, 330 meters away

As the elephants are celebrated in front of the temple, here around the back thousand of oil lamps an...

Oil Lamps and Colorful Lights, Pakal Pooram Thirunakkara Mahadevar temple in Kottayam

H: Rowing small boat along the canals of Alleppey, Kerala Backwaters

od Roger Berry, 7.5 km daleko

Rowing a country boat along the canals of Alleppey enjoying the serenity as a villager throws his fis...

Rowing small boat along the canals of Alleppey, Kerala Backwaters

I: Alleppey Canals Village Life, Kerala Backwaters

od Roger Berry, 9.4 km daleko

Cruising along the Alleppey canals (Kerala Backwaters) in a small rowing boat, checking out the villa...

Alleppey Canals Village Life, Kerala Backwaters

J: AYURVEDA KUMARAKOM

od Sijo Abraham, 10.4 km daleko

AYURVEDA KUMARAKOM

This panorama was taken in India, Asia

This is an overview of Asia

Asia is the biggest continent on Earth, a darling little gem floating around in space.

Hm, what is Asia? Who's in on it?

China and India are safe bets for Asian nations. Korea, Japan, Thailand, you're fine.

Europe? No. Europe would sort of be on the "Asian continent" if not for those pesky Ural mountains dividing things up in the middle, and then also the whole lineage of kings and wealth and nations and the EU and all that "give me my respect" stuff.
Russia would probably be happiest as its own continent, so for now we'll leave it in "Eurasia" and just hope the natural gas supplies keep flowing.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are dang close to Asia, but politically they show up in "Middle East" news stories an awful lot. Verdict: Eurasia.

I guess we'll actually have to consider everything from Turkey on eastward to be "Eurasian", although the moniker seems overlappitory of the territory.

The Asian economy is now officially raging like a wild furnace of lava that consumes everything in its path. Japan has had the largest individual economy in Asia for decades, but it is forecast that both India and China will outstrip Japan within twenty years.

China is the largest holder of United States debt and is positioned to become the world's next superpower, provided that Godzilla doesn't return and decide to stomp everybody back into the Shang Dynasty.

Text by Steve Smith.

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