Another reblog from Ron’s photos. This was an incredible cultural experience. Hope you enjoy. We are in Udaipur now and will be in the Rajastan state for a week. As our guide told us, the food and dialect changes every 100 km throughout India. The diversity is what makes India incredible.
We had an opportunity to visit the Thirunakkata Utsavam Festival and witness this passionate and lively celebration. Twenty two elephants paraded through the Thiirunakkara Mahadevar temple grounds unadorned. Then each one was caprisoned in glittering gold brocade.
Next, entered two horn and drum ensembles engaging in “melems”, trying to musically outdo each other.
The men riding the elephants carried umbrellas and large fans and performed to the music.
Several thousand spectators cheered them on .We enjoyed taking pictures of them and they enjoyed taking pictures of us. Very few Westerners there.