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Elephants from India

By Chinga
In modern day India, festivals honoring the Elephant-God are celebrated yearly. The elephant is a symbol for power, dignity, intelligence and peace. Having an elephant at home it is generally considered good luck and the animal is a symbol of good fortune. Elephants in India are symbolizing a kind of divinity and benevolence and that is why in recent times there are still many religious ceremonies where offerings are made to the elephants. They wash them and anoint them with special oils and pigments so that the community can be blessed with good will. They also symbolize wisdom, loyalty, strength, fidelity and longevity. Some communities still consider the elephant to be a strong symbol of luck. And thus the saying goes "keep a lucky elephant at the door to your house so that you can get protection from bad luck". All shots were taken in South India.
(HUGE THANK YOU to SUE118 and UKGUBBI'S for their User Awards on yesterdays calendar upload) Made my day! Grin

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
2 Jan 2014 12:42PM
Some beautiful designs here, Isabel, especially V.3, gorgeous colours, too. Carol

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Suzicoo 6 481 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2014 1:11PM
Love the textile ones Smile
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
2 Jan 2014 1:22PM
I particularly like the abstract at No. 3 and that gets the vote today.

Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2014 1:30PM
Lovely embroidery and needle work on this colourful collection Isabel. Superb set to add to your portfolio. GrinGrin Peter
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
2 Jan 2014 1:31PM
Wonderful brightener to our drab day Isabel.


2 Jan 2014 2:56PM
Five colourful images Isabel, like them all,
2 Jan 2014 3:37PM
I had a Hindu friend once and got very interested in learning about the different aspects of Ganesha, the 'Elephant God', so your images brought back some happy memories, Isabel. And beautifully coloured images they are too. Thank you.

Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2014 4:06PM
These are stunning Isabel - the colours are wonderful. Smile

gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
2 Jan 2014 4:47PM
This is a nice colourful insight to another culture. - gary
2 Jan 2014 6:01PM
A real jumbo upload today, Isabel - such a colourful set of images.

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2014 6:36PM
Beautifully decorative and so very symbolic.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
beautiful colours etc,well taken.

mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
2 Jan 2014 6:52PM
Colourful elephants here Isabel
And lightweight ones too !!
Good set.
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
2 Jan 2014 8:18PM
These are all beautifulSmile
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2014 9:03PM
These are gorgeous and so colourful.Smile
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
2 Jan 2014 9:14PM
Fascinating information and colourfully illustrated, Isabel,

A Happy New Year to you, have a healthy and peaceful year to come.

3 Jan 2014 7:01AM
Very nice sets of images Isabel well taken. And Happy New Year to you.
Cheers Allen, Smile Wink
3 Jan 2014 7:35AM
Love the colours, Isabel.
Bantu 4 7 1 India
3 Jan 2014 8:53AM
All the variants good capture,keep on.

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