Faces of India – 262
Faces of India,
a series through which I intend to portray the various characters of my country whom I met during my travels. See more here…
He is a mahout in Sringeri, a mutt of Adi Shankaracharya. The temple has 2 elephants and a bull. Pilgrims visiting this temple rush to get blessed by the elephants and offer food and coins to the elephant. The mahout standing close to the elephants makes the pilgrims brave enough to bow their head in reverence to the elephant. The elephant on his part places the trunk on the devotees’ head as a gesture of blessing.
I will forever be deprived of this blessing because I have no courage to bow to this giant how much ever gentle he may seem to be. What about you?