Elephant PARADE • Pattambi Nercha

This “Elephant Parade” is actually called Pattambi Nercha in Palakkad district in India. It’s an annual festival for the Pattambi Mosque held in honor of the Muslim saint from Malabar: Aloor Valiya Pookunjikoya Thangal. 2014 marked the 100th anniversary and fittingly there were 100 elephants in total – in addition to countless Panchavadyam and Thayambaka (marching bands). At the end of the day (the parade is an all day event), all the elephants march into the river.

Elephant Parade Pattambi Nercha in India - 2

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