Among the various unique and amazing festivals which are celebrated in various parts of India Elephant festival is one among them. Elephant festival is celebrated in Jaipur, Kerala, and Assam. Each elephant festival is unique and has its own char. In India several festivals are celebrated with elephants. Annual Elephant festival celebrated in Jaipur on the day of Holi. This annual event held in the Chagan Stadium of Jaipur where people gather in large numbers to celebrate the event with pomp and gaiety. Here elephants put up a variety of programs such as polo matches played by the elephants, elephant participate in races etc. the elephants are beautifully decorated with clothes, ornaments with color paintings on their trunks, forehead and feet. The whole stadium comes alive with musicians and dancer. On this elephant festival even elephant fights are organized. The interesting feature of this festival is that only female elephants take part in this festival.
Filled with heart rippling enjoyment the Elephant festival of Kerala is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is also among the major attractions of the Kerala besides beaches, backwater and natural beauty. This festival is popularly known as Thissur Pooram. According to the folklores heavenly deities meet for a day on this festival. An elephant procession is truly a retreat for the eyes. The procession is marked by carrying the idols of the deity from various temples in different villages of Thrissur. The procession ends at Vadakkunnathan Temple. Firework in the elephant festival is another exciting attraction of the Kerala elephant festival.
The north eastern state of Assam in India organizes one of the India's largest elephant festivals for the conservation and protection of Asiatic elephant. It is a major attraction among the visitors which aims at increasing the awareness among the people for elephants struggle for limited resources. The festival is the way of finding the ways to resolve the conflict between man and elephant. This annual festival is organized at the Kaziranga National Park in Assam jointly with the Forest Department and Tourism Department Government of Assam. Various cultural programs are also organized to entertain the visitors.
Plan a trip to this amazing elephant festival and enjoy its uniqueness. This type of festivals remains erected in the memory of people for long time.