Throughout Asia there are many elephants associated with religions and temples.
These are basically of two kinds: living elephants and statuary elephants or elephant deities. The living elephants participate
in religious ceremonies.
Below are two photos of living temple elephants captured from web sources. A search turned up more than
one and a half million hits for temple elephants.
These decorated elephants were photographed at Tirupati, India by Ilya Mauter who posted it at wikimedia commmons
and permits use of it under the Creative Commons License..
This row of caparisoned temple elephants was photographed during Thrissur pooram festival in Kerala state of south India
by Rajesh Kakkanatt who posted it at wikimedia commmons and permits use of it under the GNU License.
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