Raja Gaja’s Funeral

Baby Elephant Funeral at Elephant Nature Park
We arrived at Elephant Nature Park on Sunday morning and were shocked to hear the news the little baby elephant, Raja Gaja, had passed away the night before. Despite round-the-clock care, attention and love, he didn’t make it. The last several days included some major discomfort so this was seen as the end of his suffering. We felt privileged to attend the funeral. A huge hole had already been dug which was surrounded by those people who loved him most. Elephant Nature Park spared no expense. They brought in a monk and local elders to bless the little elephant and incense and flowers were placed around the grave:

Buddhist prayers were said followed by chanting (which sounded very peaceful and beautiful). After this, Darrick (Lek’s husband) covered him with his favorite blanket:

Raja Gaja was buried with lots of flowers on him, white string symbolizing good luck (Thais wear this around their wrists for the same reason) and a small bunch of bananas (called a “hand”). As final resting places go, this isn’t bad:

Feeling very sad we made it a point to spend some time with our favorite elephants. This is Mae Kam Paan and her mahout Pawn at bath time:

As well as Mindy and her beloved Dani:

Rest in peace Raja Gaja. We will always remember the joy you brought us, everyone at the park and the many visitors.

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3 thoughts on “Raja Gaja’s Funeral

  1. Anonymous

    IT WAS NOT MEANT TO BE!
    'REST IN PEACE LITTLE RAJA GAJA!
    YOUR BODY KNOWS NOW NO MORE SUFFERING AND YOUR SPIRIT has been SET FREE.'
    Ligeia and Mindy I send you my love!
    Your Oma 🙂

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