Mahout gored to death as three elephants run amok at Guruvayur temple
Guruvayur: Three elephants ran amok at the famous Sri Krishna temple here during 'Kazhcha seeveli,' a daily procession of caparisoned elephants on Sunday, resulting in the the death of a mahout and injuries to at least two persons.
The tusker named Srikrishnan ran amok first, followed by the other two. The jumbos ran in different directions and the tusker Srikrishnan attacked its mahout Subhash. Though Subhash was admitted to the Amala Hospital with serious injuries, his life could not be saved.
The incident took place around 7 AM when elephants had been lined up in the temple for the seeveli with one of the tuskers carrying the idol of Lord Krishna, police said.
Temple sources said the idol had been removed from the elephant when the incident took place.
A woman devotee also sustained injuries as panic-stricken worshippers ran helter skelter.
The animals were later brought under control. There had been a heavy rush of devotees today being a holiday and Sabarimala pilgrims also visiting the shrine