Elephant procession is a unique ethnic tradition mainly followed in many temples in Kerala. It is a major attraction in Tirsur temple. I witnessed this in my neighborhood on a small scale for swami 'Ayyiapan'. A mahout stands by instructing the animal. Two-three swami's sit atop of the elephant holding the God's idol. People water the street on their respect and occasional devotees feeding the elephant with banana's and in return being blessed by the elephants trunk.