If everything goes as planned, the captive elephants in Kerala will soon get an exclusive hospital with an 'in-patient ward', scanning machine and X-ray! An institute to impart lessons in 'Hastyayurveda' (Ayurvedic treatment of elephants) will also be part of the hospital. 

 

The elephant hospital, which is coming up near Guruvayoor in Thrissur, received a nod from the Union Government recently. Two acres of land would be dedicated to the in-patient facility alone, according to the office bearers of the Guruvayoor Nakerimana Temple Trust, the promoters of the elephant hospital. The plan is to start the hospital in April this year. 

 

The hospital is an attempt to revive the dying tradition of Hastyayurveda. As many as 20 Ayurveda graduates will be trained by experts, under the supervision of Ayurveda gurus, in the first batch. 

 

As per Kerala Forest Department, the number of captive elephants in Kerala is 702. But the actual number of elephants in custody of private individuals would be much higher. The hospital is expected to be a blessing for the captive elephants that are ill-treated and tortured in the name of festivals and parades.