05 Feb '12, 6am

Jaipur's Elephant Festival: One Jumbo Sized Beauty Pageant! via @EnviroGraffiti @cinnamon_carter

Jaipur's Elephant Festival: One Jumbo Sized Beauty Pageant! via @EnviroGraffiti @cinnamon_carter

The gentle magnificence of elephants has long held a special place in Indian society. One of the most recognized gods in the Hindu pantheon is, after all, Ganesh – a deity with an elephant's head – and Hindu mythology also includes the divine elephant Airavata (sometimes depicted with five heads) who carried Indra, king of the gods. It's hardly surprising, then, that elephants became symbols of royalty in Indian culture and that the animal is associated with a number of different festivals. Such is the importance of the elephant in India that it has even been awarded its own annual festival. Held in Jaipur in the state of Rajasthan, the Elephant Festival is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. It's staged in Jaipur's Chaugan Stadium as part of Holi, or the Festival of Colors, in late February or March. It's a vibrant occasion full of pomp and circumstance, with elep...

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