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Elephant with bushy mop of hair cynosure of all eyes at camp

Press Trust of India  |  Coimbatore 

A with a bushy mop of hair on its forehead is the cynosure of all eyes at the annual rejuvenation camp for temple elephants near Mettupalayam, 50 km from here.

The pachyderm, Chengamalam, from the Rajagopalasamy shrine, ambles contentedly with a in tow.

Visitors and tourists thronging Thekkamapatti, venue of the camp, look at Chengamalam affectionately.

An added feature is the foot long hair which the has been grooming for the past six years.

According to officials at the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments department (HR & CE), which is organising the camp, another displays its prowess in the traditional martial art of wielding a stick (Silambu) using its trunk.

The is from the at Thiruvannamalai.

Another elephant, of at Srivaigundam, is attracting visitors by playing a mouth organ.

The holds the organ in the trunk to play notes to the accompaniment of ringing tones from a small bell tied to the leg which it wiggles now and then,they said.

The annual rejuvenation camp, a pet project of former J Jayalalithaa, began on January 4.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 18:45 IST