Watch: 54-year-old elephant opens Thrissur Pooram festival
Thousands of people gathered on Sunday to witness the grand opening of the famed Thrissur Pooram in Kerala. A 54-year-old elephant ‘Thechikottukavu Ramachandran’ also participated in the festival. It was banned after it killed two people earlier this year. The elephant was cleared for participation by doctors after medical tests. Ramachandran, the tallest elephant of the state, pushed open the southern entrance of the shrine amid thunderous cheers of the people gathered on the temple ground. The Thrissur Pooram falls on May 13 this year.