In elephant-crazy Kerala, caparisoned jumbos are an essential part of the processions that accompany every celebration.
As the cavalcade began lining up in the main axis, with a ringing of gongs and bells, a caparisoned temple elephant and a third rath carrying a huge golden horse joined the procession.
The presiding deity is taken out on a caparisoned elephant accompanied by other pachyderms in full paraphernalia.
On the fringes of this retinue, lions and crocodiles pounce on their victims while an elephant runs amok, and at the centre is the Navab, enlarged as befits his status, bending from his richly caparisoned mount to slash at a lion.
The idol of Saraswathi, which was brought out in a procession on a caparisoned elephant from the Thevarakkettu temple at Padmanabhapuram on Monday, is accompanied by that of Munnootti Nanga and Sri Subramania Swami.
The shield bears the inscription ‘Magic Naturalis’; behind Herbert is a caparisoned knight's horse, evidence of a battle.
Thousands of curious onlookers positioned themselves along the road as well as on top of buildings enjoying the tableaux and floats as they moved in procession behind three caparisoned elephants.
One evening under the shadow of the Red Fort I see a passing wedding procession: the groom rides a caparisoned white horse and is followed by a band in uniform with wailing trumpets and banging drums.
Gros specialized in battle scenes, rendering with eclat the uniforms of the officers and the caparisons of the horses.
The visitors will be accorded a traditional welcome, complete with three caparisoned elephants and a panchavadyam performance.