The Elephant Festival is an annual festival which is held every year in the Pink City, Jaipur. This matchless event is organised on the full moon day of Phalgun Purnima which falls in the month of February/March. It is celebrated on the day before the festivals of colors Holi. From the ancient times, elephants have always been an important part of the Indian society. The Elephant-headed God, Ganesha, believed to be the remover of obstacles and foremost to all the gods, is revered and devotedly worshiped in all the parts of India. For this festival, elephants are nicely groomed and clothed with colorful and embroidered velvet rugs and parasols and other heavy ornaments like huge elephant jewelry and anklets decked with bells. Intricate traditional Indian motifs are then painted on their bodies.This festival begins with the huge and enthralling procession of the royal elephants painted with different shades of colors, embellished with heavy silver ornaments, and embroidered clothes. The elephants enter the ground with their mahouts, thumping to the sound of nagadas and loud blows of bankiya, a musical instrument.
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