By Shatabdi Chakrabarti
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Videographer / director: Ajith Kumar T
Producer: Shatabdi Chakrabarti, Michael Muncer
Editor: Jay Sohrabi
The elephant was appearing at a local festival called Ambalapura in Thrissur, Kerela in Southern India when it went on the rampage.
Festival-goer Ajith Kumar T witnessed the incredible scene and managed to film it on his cell phone.
He said: “My friends and I were waiting near the parking lot when we heard a lot of screaming and shouting.
"We turned to see the owner of one of the elephants had lost control and the pachyderm was running loose in the lot.”
Most temples in India’s southern states have elephants on their premises to be used for processions during major festivals and celebrations.
The elephants are used to carry the idols of deities and are decorated with gold ornaments. The huge creatures are loved and revered and have a special status.
Shooting the rampage on his cell phone, Ajith says that there is no way of knowing what triggered the elephant to become violent.
He said: “It can be anything. The large crowd, loud noises, or even the high temperature could have triggered the sudden violence in the elephant."
And festival goers were then treated to an unexpected show as the young tusker marched towards some of the parked cars and bikes and started toppling them over.
Ajith explained: “We saw him get to a car and start pushing it aside, turning it over and over until it was pushed out to the edge of the lot.
"Then he went towards a bike and pushed that away. He then proceeded to upturn another car a few times. It all seemed so easy for him to push and topple these heavy vehicles like that."
Luckily, no one was hurt as the elephant went on the rampage, and it was soon calmed down by its relieved owner.