Temple elephants in India head to camp

Over the next 48 days, the elephants will spend their days in the forest, where they will be given relaxing baths and their favorite delicacies.

Temple elephants in southern India mostly spend the rest of their year in a restricted environment. Organizers say the annual camp gives locals an opportunity to interact with the giant mammals while also helping to raise awareness about them.

Elephants are deeply revered in India, where the elephant-headed god Ganesha is one of the most popular in the Hindu pantheon and is also considered lucky.