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

mahout faces of india

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?

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22 Responses

  1. Keeping a distance from him is wise in my opinion… unless one is very daring..!

  2. Priyanka says:

    As much as I love elephants, I’m always sceptical to go anywhere close! 🙂

  3. magiceye says:

    I dont like the idea of elephants in captivity hence…..

  4. I will definitely freak out!! 🙂

  5. These animals are well trained. No need to get scared

  6. Les cornacs sont des hommes qui m’inspirent le respect , à savoir maîtriser les éléphants dont chacun sait qu’ils sont dans les plus gros animaux existants sur terre. Il leur faut, courage, intelligence et savoir-faire. Je pense aussi qu’ils doivent aimer leurs éléphants. Le portrait de cet home est superbement réussi. Amitiés.


  7. Yogi Saraswat says:

    This time his work is more appreciative than his face !!

  8. Mridula says:

    I am as scared as you are, will never go anywhere near them!

  9. Chaitali says:

    Hmmm such acts … Me too in the same side as you

  10. Jyothi D'mello says:

    This is a very common sight in Karnataka and Kerala, but an elephant with a bell around its neck always makes me feel sad.

  11. Shrikant says:

    I would hv love to see elephant ☺☺ love them. Nice portrait though.

  12. Interesting. This happens outside a temple in Pondicherry too.

  13. I have got blessings from him many times. 🙂

  14. Gunilla says:

    Elephants are huge. I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to go near them.

  15. Al says:

    Great capture, but I’m also not sure about letting an elephant put its trunk on my head.

  16. Jeevan says:

    Although I’m scare of elephants from childhood, I have taken couple of blessing from the elephant during temple visits. I felt like falling down when the trunk touch my head. Btw. This is a nice capture and liked the texture of the elephant.

  17. Deepa says:

    Lovely 🙂 Especially the elephant in the background.

  18. Very beautiful portrait!

  19. Very determined face of India 🙂

  20. MP UPPAL says:

    The stern expression means business!

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