Elephants have been symbolic throughout Indian culture since the dawn of time. They occupy a prestigious place in Indian social culture and mythology. Religious traditions view them as Deities. Regarded as a sacred animal, they also represent longevity, wisdom and loyalty; all the qualities needed for a successful marriage.
Elephants play a recurring theme in Buddhism and Hinduism. They only differ in the fact that Buddhists revere the elephant they are worshiping so much so that they aim to parallel their qualities. Ownership of elephants indicates a symbol of prosperity and high standing, in the ancient south & southeast Asia.
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Posted by Koh Samui Events on Wednesday, July 26, 2017
At large traditional Indian weddings, bridegrooms are carried to the ceremony on the back of an elephant. Not a lot has changed today, except that a decorated elephant is rented from a specialised company instead of belonging to the grooms family.
Elephants usually form part of the baraat procession – in which the bridegroom is escorted to the ceremony upon, accompanied by family members and groomsmen. It is quite the procession as you can see!