On September 19, Indian homes were illuminated and decorated for the Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. The sacred ceremony of Ganesh Chaturthi, where devotees welcome the spirit of Lord Ganesh into their homes on the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, was celebrated by many across the world.
On Ganesh Chaturthi, IFS officer shares video of single-tusked elephant
People made elaborate plans to decorate their houses, prepare decadent modaks (a sweet known for its association with Lord Ganesha) and spend the day with friends and family. On the festive occasion, devotees across the world seek the blessings of the elephant-headed god of Hindu scriptures, Lord Ganesha.
To celebrate the day and its significance, IFS Susanta Nanda shared an adorable video on X, formally Twitter. In the clip that instantly drew viewers to the platform, a majestic elephant walks towards the camera. What is peculiar about the animal is that the elephant has only one tusk on its face, something that is considered a defining feature of Lord Ganesha.
The Indian Forest Service official invoked the spirit of Ganesha by sharing the video of the one-tusked elephant. Nanda also added a verse from ‘Ekadantaya Vakratundaya’, a devotional song for the Hindu god.
In his caption, the IFS officer wrote, “Ekadantaya vakratundaya Gauri tanaya ya dhimahi. Gajeshanaya bhalchandraya Shree ganeshaya dhimahi. Blessed Ganesh Chaturthi to you all.”
In the clip, the elephant emerges from the forest and walks along a cement path
In the video, a solitary-tusked elephant emerges from thick bushes within a forest area. He swings his trunk and looks at whoever is filming. Shortly afterward he enters the forest road and appears to run towards the vehicle, but suddenly stops.
“Ekadantaya vakratundaya Gauri tanaya ya dhimahi Gajeshanaya bhalchandraya Shree Ganeshaya dhimahi” Blessed Ganesh Chaturthi to you all 🙏 pic.twitter.com/94TMzigaIf
—Susanta Nanda (@susantananda3) September 19, 2023
Although the video is quite short, it appeared on our X-streams at just the right time – during Ganesh Chaturthi. Some people who worship elephants, believing them to be sacred or even a form of Lord Ganesh, may find this video amusing. So far, more than 31.2 thousand people have watched the video on the microblogging platform.
People on social media were quick to respond to the video in the comments. Many of them used praying hands emojis and extended their wishes for a joyful and prosperous Ganesh Chaturthi to other X users.
One delighted user praised the post: “Nice to see an Ekadanta elephant. Dhanyawad.” While another chimed in: “There are no words to express the suitability of the Gajaraj.”
It’s good to see an Ekadanta elephant. Dhanyawad.🙏
-ACGurunath (@ACGurunath) September 19, 2023
🙏🙏 there are no words to express the suitability of Gajaraj🙏🙏
– Jayanta Chakrabarti (@Jayanta_68) September 19, 2023
Among the prayers and blessings, a user was grateful that the elephant was left free and not in captivity, “Thank you for letting it go free where it is happiest.”
Thank you 🙏🏼 To you for leaving him in nature where he is happiest 🐘💞
—Karen Maureen (@KarenMaureen) September 19, 2023
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