Elephants of Guruvayur Shri Krishna Temple to Be Rented For Private Ceremony

Newindpress reports:

The elephants of Guruvayur Sree Krishna temple in Kerala, employed specifically to serve the Lord, will be for the first time in history, rented out to pose as showpieces in a lavish marriage ceremony to be held in Tamil Nadu on January 7.

Among the rented elephants is Guruvayur Padmanabhan who carries the idol of lord during rituals and festivals. If the incident takes place, it will be for the first time that the elephants of the temple are being sent outside the state. The elephants will be traveling for 20 hours in a truck. Such long journeys are not advisable for tuskers.

Why are the elephants of one of the richest temples in the country being rented for a private party? The temple is believed to be generating millions of rupees a month. Then why rent the elephant for few hundred thousand rupees.

Kerala has numerous elephant lovers who have earlier taken up such issues. Hope this time also the temple authorities will be forced to take back the decision.