Caution - don't hit me from the back. A caparisoned elephant and the deity (Kaduppassery Bhagavathy) on way to the famous Arattuppuzha Pooram. A road side scene I saw during the first week of April 2012 at Irinjalakuda. Take a closer look and note the way the reflective stickers have been wrapped on the elephants tail. Safety of elephants used for temple festivals are really a matter of concern. Each time an elephant goes wild, there will be talks, but then as usual, the public and the festival committees and elephant owners association, not to forget about the authorities, forget what happened and close their eyes.
It's definitely a busy world if you happened to be an elephant in Kerala.