is on this occasion alone the Ezhra Ponnanai - the seven and a half
gold elephant darsan is made available. The golden elephants
numbering seven and a half weighing exactly 210 lbs each were
donated to the Anzham Thirunal Marthanda Varma, ruler of Tranvancore
as an act of atonement for destroying the temple property during his
Each of the seven is two feet high and the last
is one foot only. Hence the name Ezhara Ponnanai, and they are
acting as the guardians at the eight points. The oddity of making
seven and a half became expedient on account of the tradition
followed in the temple.
If eight full elephants were to be made,
they would go to Ettonnesseri Illom - the groups of priests. So only
seven and a half an elephant was made to endow them to the temple.
The temple when compared with many others is very rich in owning
many costly jewels, worth some crores.