"Airavata and Gajaraj"
There stood gajaraj treated for his wounds, he looked poised for his humongous size.
This was my day at the first elephant hospital as Shivam, started to tell me Gajaraj's rescue story.
"When we got him they would take out kilos of pus from his abscess, his hind legs were tied for a long while, they had become skewed but he's slowly healing now.
Poachers trap young calfs, confine them, torture them using sharp tools, inflicting unimaginable agony, it's called "Fasaan" "Their spirit is broken so barbarically, they even forget that they are elephants." -
I started to sketch mildly, hoping to jump over my tears.
My eyes and heart noticing every wound on Gajaraja's mammoth's body, It looked like the scarred Earth.
Shivam continued "They need to be in the jungle, that's really their rightful place"
He said this with so much heart, that our long held tears came rolling down.
I made a jungle instead of the hospital around him and made all scars disappear, surrounded by calming trees"
I showed it to him from a distance and i said "You're like the Airavata"
Born from the same Egg shell the Universe is born from to the mother of sky, Airavati.
You're Arkasodra, brother to the sun.
Nagaa Malla, the brave one who saved Indra.
You're "Abhra Matanga" the guardian of the clouds.
"Gaja-karan", the spirit and the senses of the forest. -
Yet you endure our evils and still forgive us.
I cried so much, he had invoked rain in me, I bowed my head down in reverence.
As he walked out with his loving mahawat, he took a scoop of earth in his trunk and splashed it in the air, it felt free and happy.
Just like Airavata.
A bond for life was made that day.
Story : Abhi & Gajraj
Thanks Shivam and every education officer at wildlife sos, every caretaker, for sharing these moving stories, Thanks to Kartikeya & Geeta, for building the first Elephant hospital.
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