Where: Jaipur, Rajasthan
The Elephant Festival is a yearly celebration which is held each year in the Pink City, Jaipur. This inimitable occasion is sorted out on the full moon day of Phalgun Purnima which falls in the long stretch of February/March. It is praised on the day preceding the celebrations of hues for example Holi. From the antiquated occasions, elephants have consistently been a significant piece of the Indian culture. The Elephant-headed God, Ganesha, accepted to be the remover of deterrents and preeminent to every one of the divine beings, is loved and devotedly venerated in every one of the pieces of India. They are likewise one of the most significant pieces of religious occasions, wedding functions, parades, and so forth and in the notable time, they were a critical piece of the war zone.
For this celebration, elephants are pleasantly prepped and dressed with vivid and weaved velvets mats and parasols and other overwhelming adornments like tremendous elephant gems and anklets decked with ringers. Mind boggling conventional Indian themes are then painted on their bodies. Ear danglers and hued brocade scarves decorate their ears and necks separately. Their tusks also get jeweled up by decorating them with gold and silver wrist trinkets and rings; while temples are embellished with imperial looking head-plates. This is finished by their Mahouts (managers/riders) after they are finished giving their elephants a shower. In addition, the Mahouts also loll into the daylight of the merriments by livening up themselves in brocade coats and illustrious turbans.
This celebration starts with the immense and enchanting parade of the regal elephants painted with various shades of hues, adorned with overwhelming silver trimmings, and weaved garments. The elephants enter the ground with their mahouts, pounding to the sound of nagadas and uproarious blows of bankiya, a melodic instrument. The member elephants are altogether females. Elephant polo, Elephant race, the back-and-forth among Elephant and 19 people are the exceptional highlights of this excellent celebration. There are live exhibitions of artists and performers as well. Moreover, in the parade there are chariots, lancers on ponies, camels, and palanquins. This celebration is appreciated by countless groups including the guests from various pieces of India just as abroad. This celebration, composed by Rajasthan Tourism and has now turned into a significant piece of its yearly occasions schedule. In past time, this celebration was held at the Chaugan Stadium situated in the old city zone of Jaipur yet because of the expansion in groups and distinction, its setting got changed in 2011 and has been moved to Jaipur Polo Ground which is inverse to the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.