Ekadanta – The Single Tusked One

A chance encounter, for me as sublime as if I had come face to face with his divine namesake!

This was my first time on a boat safari…thanks to Evolve Back Kuruba Safari Lodge.

Back soon with more from Kabini. Stay well.

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on instagram.com/theurgetowander

29 thoughts on “Ekadanta – The Single Tusked One

    1. They are indeed! So gentle for their size….unless threatened. Thank you Lauren. Didn’t recognise you from your new Gravatar ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. You’re welcome, and the photo is actually the first one I used when I began blogging 5 years ago. So I’m going back in time. ๐Ÿ˜Š Have a great day, Madhu! โค๏ธ

    1. I was totally enraptured Alison. he was a beauty, in his prime and probably been fighting over a girlfriend ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Determined to get back to a reasonable schedule this time Mary. My post wasn’t ready, so I decided on a wordless one instead ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for your lovely comment. Shall be over to check out what new magic you have been creating ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Ganesha is one of the most famous Hindu gods in Indonesia, thanks to the plethora of ancient Shaivist temples in Java and Sumatra where his images were once housed. On a side note, here in Indonesia when someone’s name is Eka, we know he/she is the first child. Dwi for the second, Tri the third, Catur the fourth, Panca the fifth, and so on (I guess I just made Indonesians sound like very busy people, didn’t I?).

    1. Ha ha, do they actually name them after numbers or are these nicknames?

      In India, Ganesha does not have as many dedicated temples as the other Gods in the Hindu pantheon, but as the remover of obstacles he is always the first one to be propitiated, in a temple or during a ritual.

      1. I have cousins from my dad’s side who have Tri and Catur in their full names (they’re the third and fourth child respectively). While on my mom’s side, I have a cousin whose full name starts with Dasa, because she was born on the 10th of October (double 10!). In addition to that, I also have cousins whose names include the word Dewi (from Devi) and Mahendra. Fifteen centuries after Hinduism was introduced to the island of Java, the vestiges live on to this day.

        Speaking of Ganesha, both of my mom’s high school and my university bear the Hindu God on their emblems. Here’s a link to my mom’s high school emblem: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fc/Logo-SMAGA-semarang.jpg
        and this to my university’s: https://multisite.itb.ac.id/ditsti/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2017/06/logo-itb-512px.png

    1. Have seen many giant herds before Jo, but this felt more intimate and special somehow. Probably because of the setting.

    1. Ha, I couldn’t resist making that connection, even at the risk of being branded blasphemous in these over sensitive times ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Me too Ian. And Indian elephants are cuter somehow. Smaller than their African cousins, but plumper ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Oh, and a request. I send postcards to my Polish twins via TouchNote. They would love these elephants. How do you feel about me appropriating the images for this purpose? Please say no if I’m presuming.

    1. I’d be only too happy Meg! Please go ahead. And do tell me what the twins think. This was a particularly intimate encounter. The big guy seemed playful and amused by our attention ๐Ÿ™‚

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