Saturday, April 30, 2011

Elephant is still used as satus symbol and adored in India" by Bishwa Nath Singh. as flashed on the f.b. on May 1,2011.

"Elephant is still used as satus symbol and adored in India" by Bishwa Nath Singh.


Bishwa Nath Singh:

Elephants are mammals and the largest land animals alive today. The elephant's gestation period is twenty two months, the longest of any land animal. At birth it is common for an elephant calf to weigh one hundred twenty Kg. An elephant may live as long as seventy years, sometimes longer. This male weighed about twelve thousand kg with a shoulder height of little over four meter. They are symbols of wisdom in Asian cultures, and are famed for their exceptional memory and high intelligence.Elephants have been an integral part of their cultural history, dating as far back as the Vedic Period (1500B.C. to 600B.C.) Elephants eventually gained a higher status than the horse, which was an extremely important animal in Indian culture. The elephant became the carrier of Lord Indra, the King of the Gods. They were also prominent in the stories of Buddha with elephant festivals and processions being commonplace. By 231B.C. the elephant had become the emblem of Buddhism and they appeared as prominent features in artistic carvings. Elephant possession and use as a royal mount was firmly established as they were known as an asset of war. The war elephants in India were used from the 1st millennium B.C. to the early 19th century. A staggering number of elephants have died fighting wars during India’s history. It was not until the introduction of muskets in mid-1700, that elephants were no longer needed to fight in the front lines of battle. However, their importance for use was not diminished because they could still transport soldiers, ammunition and supplies over extremely rough terrain where men could not go alone. All elephants in private ownership in India were put into active military service to defend their borders against the Japanese who had invaded Burma and Southeast Asia during the world war -II. It was not until the introduction of the jeep that the role of the elephant in India had ended. Today elephants are still used as status symbols in some temples, in circuses, and by the forest and tourism department of the government. It stands as a symbol of eternal India. Elephant can smell water three miles away. The elephant is the only mammal that can't jump The elaphant's teeth can weight as much as nine pounds each Like most noses, trunks are for smelling. But they're also for touching and grasping. When an elephant drinks, it sucks as much as 2 gallons (7.5 liters) of water into its trunk at a time. Then it curls its trunk under, sticks the tip of its trunk into its mouth, and blows. Out comes the water, right down the elephant's throat. he elephant can also use its trunk to grasp an entire tree branch and pull it down to its mouth. Elephants also use their trunks to yank up clumps of grasses and shove the greenery into their mouths. When an elephant gets a whiff of something interesting, it sniffs the air with its trunk raised up like a submarine periscope. If threatened, an elephant will also use its trunk to make loud trumpeting noises as a warning Elephants pick up and spray dust the same way they do water-with their trunks. Elephants are social creatures. They sometimes "hug" by wrapping their trunks together in displays of greeting and affection. Elephants also use their trunks to help lift or nudge an elephant calf over an obstacle, to rescue a fellow elephant stuck in mud, or to gently raise a newborn elephant. Let us save this mammal from extinction as they are adored in our country !

By Bishwa Nath Singh.

(Photo of an elephant showing status symbol
 in India)

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Bishwa Nath Singh :
Let us save this mammal from extinction and cruelty!

Sachin Sharma Sethji :
Fanatstic note.....thx For Sharing


May 1,2011.

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