A royal mount from time immemorial, the elephant has also been a symbol of strength and wealth. For the Rajput kings, the elephants were of especial significance not only during war but also during the royal festivities-a must at royal pageant. The king always mounted a caparisoned elephant. The mahouts (elephantkeepers) take great care to decorate the elephants from tusk to tail. In India, camels, horses, and elephants are dressed in the best of their finery and are brought out in a procession during important events. The Indians love for symbolism and grandeur is evident in these elaborate rituals. In this picture the Camel represents Stamina and Self sufficiency, Horse is a symbol of Power and Progress, and the Elephant epitomizes Wealth and Wisdom.
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