Kochi temple gets robot elephant to perform rituals – Watch

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Kochi: A robotic elephant has been donated to Thrikkayil Mahadeva Temple in Kochi. The life-size elephant has been named Mahadevan. The robotic jumbo will be used to conduct ceremonies at the temple in a safe and cruelty-free manner. This would help real elephants stay with their families in the wild.

Robot elephant in Kochi temple

Thrikkayil Mahadeva Temple will now conduct ceremonies in a safe and animal-friendly way.
#MechanicalElephant #RoboticMahadevan pic.twitter.com/iBxbCFAjYM

— PETA India (@PetaIndia) March 17, 2024

The mechanical elephant was donated by actor Priyamani and PETA India. Priyamani said, “Advances in technology mean we can maintain our rich cultural practices and heritage while ensuring animals are not harmed. It gives me great pleasure to donate this mechanical elephant with PETA India to allow devotees to take part in auspicious ceremonies in a safe and animal-friendly manner.”

Robot elephant

Thrikkayil Mahadeva Temple will now conduct ceremonies in a safe and animal-friendly way.
#MechanicalElephant #RoboticMahadevan pic.twitter.com/iBxbCFAjYM

— PETA India (@PetaIndia) March 17, 2024

Thrikkayil Mahadeva Temple owner Thekkiniyedath Vallabhan Namboothiri said, “We are very pleased to use mechanical elephant Mahadevan in reverence to all of the animals created by God who want to live free and safe with their families just as humans do.”

Robot elephant in temple

Meet Kochi’s first life-size mechanical elephant, Mahadevan! #MechanicalElephant #RoboticMahadevan pic.twitter.com/ezzQy9UmMG

— PETA India (@PetaIndia) March 17, 2024

PETA India donated another robotic elephant to the Irinjadapilli Sree Krishna Temple at Kallettumkara near Irinjalakkuda. The elephant named Irinjadapilli Raman has a height of 10.5 feet and weights 800 kilograms, TOI reported.

The mechanical elephant can wag its tail and ears just like real jumbos. When a mahout presses a switch, the robotic elephant spews water through its trunk. The robotic tusker has been fitted with motors to perform these functions. Four people can sit atop the mechanical elephant.

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