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Elephants at The Kottayam Temple, Bathing Elephats

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Many of these temples own one or more temple elephants, here they are giving the elephants bathes getting them ready for the Thirunakkara Pakal Pooram held here at Kottayam temple. You have to remove your shoes and go barefoot here, and believe me this was not easy with the hot sun heating up the ground and also walking on gravel. Your best bet would be to go around to the back door and enter near the elephants, I found this out the hard way.

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A: Kottayam Thirunakkara Pakalpooram

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

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

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

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

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

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E: Tiger Dancers, Thirunakkara Mahadeva temple India

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F: Twenty Two Elephants, Pakal Pooram Thirunakkara Mahadevar temple in Kottayam

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G: Thirunakkara Pakal Pooram, Another Elephant Arrives

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

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I: Alleppey Canals Village Life, Kerala Backwaters

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

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J: AYURVEDA KUMARAKOM

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Text by Steve Smith.

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