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Friday, May 1, 2020

Pray for eradication of Covid - Sri Azhagiya Singar Yanai vahanam 2018

1st May 2020 has not dawned well ..  today, Tamil Nadu recorded its highest single-day jump of 203 cases with Chennai accounting for 176 fresh Coronavirus-infected people even as clusters such as the Koyambedu vegetable market in the capital metropolis turned a huge challenge for health officials. The high numbers were accompanied by increased testing: Tamil Nadu sent 9615 samples in the 24 hours ending Friday evening, inching towards its target of sending 10,000 samples every day. The state has tested over 1.29 lakh samples so far, counting among the states such as Maharashtra which gotten into extensive testing mode.

Chennai is the largest hotspot in the state with 1082 cases. Reports have emerged that one of the primary vegetable wholesale markets in Koyambedu is one of the reasons for Coronavirus spread. Areas in North Chennai such as Royapuram and Tondiarpet continue to report more cases. .. .. .. and there are fears as some cases have been reported in Triplicane too – one part of Venkatrangam Street leading to Krishnampet, has reported no. of cases.  .. .. and as there are no other options, lockdown is extended for another 14 days !

                         In a first, oral sample of a baby elephant of Rajaji Tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand was sent for the COVID 19 test after the pachyderm was diagnosed with symptoms of viral infection.  According to news reports, six elephants were kept at Chilla facility falling inside the tiger reserve. Among the group, two elephants including one baby elephant named Sultan fell ill. On further examination, Sultan was found having swelling on his eyelids and mouth ulcers. Chief Medical Officer of Haridwar was informed , a team of health experts visited the facility and sanitized the entire place. The other animals in the herd were sent back to the forest while staff has been deployed to look after the ill pachyderm.

Elephants always attract me.  An adult African elephant's trunk is about seven feet (two meters) long! It's actually an elongated nose and upper lip. Like most noses, trunks are for smelling. 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.  An elephant's trunk is a fusion of its upper lip and its nose. Filled with more than 100,000 muscles, this huge appendage is both powerful and extremely dexterous. An elephant can use its trunk to rip a limb from a tree or to pick up a single blade of grass.

There are  cruel countries which legitimize killing.  Botswana hides behind national “sovereignty” while selling off its natural heritage to foreign hunters and treating elephants as mere commodities. In Feb 2020 the government of Botswana auctioned off the right to hunt and kill 60 elephants — the first salvo toward a quota that aimed to allow the trophy hunting of 272 elephants this year.  Plans for those hunts, which would have been the first since the country’s 2013 hunting moratorium, were put on hold in late March by the worldwide pandemic when Botswana banned travelers from the United States and other “high-risk” countries. But the Botswana Wildlife Producers Association, which represents the hunting industry, quickly asked for an extension of this year’s hunting season. If the COVID-19 lockdowns end sometime soon, the bullets could quickly begin flying on the hapless elephants. 

             How do people call these killings a sport ?  Botswana is a cash-strapped nation, so one can perhaps understand the short-term attraction of trophy hunting. The government made $2.3 million in a few hours on that February afternoon from selling 60 elephants at an average of $39,000 per head.

The pandemic has not slowed this thirst for short-term profits. On 27 March, just a few days after Botswana closed its borders, it reportedly auctioned off additional hunting rights for 15 elephants, two leopards and dozens of other animals for a total of $540,000.    The Nation pathetically is not understanding its pride, culture nor the value of the pachyderms.   These  magnificent creatures have potent intrinsic value, the are required more for  greater ecological balance.

At Thiruvallikkeni divyadesam,  for Sri Parthasarathi Perumal and Sri Thelliya Singar brahmothsavam day 6 evening is   ‘Yaanai vahanam’  - majestic elephant in  sitting posture with  golden hue.

திருவல்லிக்கேணியில் சிறப்புற நடைபெறும் தெள்ளியசிங்கர் ப்ரம்மோத்சவத்தில் ஆறாம் நாள்  இரவு  கம்பீரமான  யானை வாகனம். திருவல்லிக்கேணி யானை வாஹனம் அமர்ந்த நிலையில், தங்க பூச்சுடன் ஜொலிக்கும். வாகனத்தின் மீது வெண்பட்டுடுத்தி, பெருமாள் பின்பு பட்டர் அமர்ந்து சாமரம் வீசி வருவது தனி சிறப்பு. யானை வாயில் வாழை மரங்கள் வைத்து, நிஜமான களிறு ஓடி வருவதைப் போல் இருக்கும்.   யானை வாகன புறப்பாட்டில் 'ஏசல்", "ஒய்யாளி"  என்று அழைக்கப்படும் சிறப்பு உண்டு.

Here are some photos of the Yanai vahana  purappadu of Sri Thelliya Singar.   The photos here are of 2018 Brahmothsavam and yanai vahanam on 28.6.2018.  We pray to our Lord Azhagiya Singa on Yanai vahanam to protect His bakthas and eradicate completely the dread Covid 19 virus.  Let us fall at His feet and our Saviour will take care of the Universe.

adiyen Srinivasadhasan
Mamandur Veeravalli Srinivasan Sampathkumar

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