'Fibre' tusker replaces real one during temple festival in Ernakulam
Paravoor: Unlike the previous years, permission was not granted for Parayakad Guruthippadam Bhagavathy temple in Ernakulam district to parade elephants as part of the temple festival. However, there was one tusker to ensure that this order did not affect the festival celebrations in any manner.
A tusker, made of fibre, was paraded during the festival. The fibre tusker resembles famed Shivsundar, which was a prominent presence during ‘Thrissur pooram’ for more than a decade.
The ‘fibre’ elephant is 10 feet tall, has a large trunk and all the features of a real tusker.
Locals greeted the elephant with cheers when it was paraded through the streets.
Suraj Nambiar is the man responsible for this ‘fibre’ elephant. He has been manufacturing elephant statues for more than 10 years. Suraj also owns an elephant gallery near the temple.
Along with brothers Abhijith and Syam, Suraj is running an elephant statue manufacturing industry near Edayar.