WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Grand…

The gorgeous city of Mysore can be found in southern Karnataka, India. When you visit Mysore make sure to include the Maharaja’s Palace on your “must see” list. This grand old building will delight and captivate you. After you finish … Continue reading

Temple Elephant blessings…

With silver anklets, big enough to fit around my waist, jingling on each of her four perfect feet you will hear Lakshmi coming before you see her. As she sways gently down Rue Manakkula Vinayakar Covil everyone is delighted to see her. Lakshmi is, of course, the resident temple elephant at the Manakkula Vinayakar Temple in Pondicherry.

Each afternoon at around 5pm Lakshmi can be found out the front of the temple. For a few rupees you can receive a special blessing from her. You stand in front of her and pass your rupees to her minder. Lakshmi will then bless you by, ever so gently, placing her trunk on your head. It is truly one of the most special experiences in India and I never tire of this magical touch.

Silver anklets jingling, a glint in your eye, a softness in your steps and a giving heart…Lakshmi we love you!

Elephant washing…

A few years ago my husband Rahul captured this footage of elephants being washed at the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in South India. It made us so happy to watch the elephants washed with such love and care. We sat for a long time entranced by “washing time” and after all the elephants were done the mahouts (elephant handlers) washed themselves in the river too. A wonderful Indian experience…

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Delicate…

The delicate touch from an elephant...what a blessing

The delicate touch from an elephant…what a blessing

Although the elephant seems such a huge and lumbering animal their touch is something quite different. In India it is very common for local temples to have a temple elephant residing within. For a rupee coin you can receive a blessing on the head from that elephant.

Once you experience an elephants touch with their inquisitive trunk you will want to experience it again and again! It is truly a blessing to receive the delicate touch of one of natures gentle giants…