15 Rough & Stupid when came Head Priest put him to listen temple Krishna bhajan It became a pure devotee! Keshava – the Gaja Raja
16 Bent front legs only for the deity Others can climb only via hind legs Only he would carry the deity Would not tolerate other elephant to carry the deity. Will chase away.
17 Once another elephant was set to carry the deity Keshava broke off and ran around the temple 5 times For children, it stopped, waited and then continued.. Awarded ‘Gaja Raja’ title in 1973
18 Once broke out of the chains Ran around temple All fled out of fear except a poor leper. Lifted the leper and placed at a corner safely Gave pranam to deity in front of temple
19 Elephant procession at every night with deity on Keshava
20 Varieties of devotional programs every day in Guruvayur
21 Keshava fasted for EVERY Ekadasi ! He knew exactly when the Ekadasi was !! Even favorite food given, he never eats any! Thus became pure devotee Keshava & Ekadasi
22 Rare Coconut Tree with many heads! Changanacherry, Kottayam, Kerala
23 Ekadasi - Mother of Bhakti - Superior to Brahma Jnana - Superior to Yoga Samathi - No Grains - No Beans - Eat Vegetable/Fruit/Nut - Sing bhajan to Lord - Break fast on Dwadasi Krsna Dāsa Abhimāne Ye Ānanda Sindhu Koti Brahma Sukha Nahe Tāra Eka Bindhu
24 Served for 54 years One day, Keshava was trembling when deity was placed The deity was then moved onto another elephant Keshava was temporarily moved to a shelter Last Day of Keshava
25 Refused to eat anything, did not sleep, always standing Later it heard the conch shell sound for the procession..
26 Everyone surprised how he came! He circumambulated the temple. Stood in front of main temple Bent down his huge front legs Bowed down his head to ground. With surrender, he left the body. It was 72 years old It was Ekadasi Day Dec 2, 1976 3 AM Mangala Arati
27 His huge tusks are now above main entrance! So many souvenirs are now sold about Keshava
28 Huge monument was built for Keshava by Devaswom Everyone remembers him as a pure devotee, not as elephant
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30 Bhārata Bhumite Haila Manusya Janma Yāra Janma Sārthaka Kari’ Kara Para-Upakāra Hare krsna hare krsna Krsna krsna hare hare Hare rama hare rama Rama rama hare hare One who has taken birth in Bhārat should make his life successful by preaching the glories of the Lord!