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.