God's Elephant
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Submitted by: Yuri Klitsenko

The people say that the Katur valley was once a great lake where lived a Rakshasa named Rana who used to devour the inhabitants of the neighbouring villages.

Indra’s elephant Airavata descended to earth at the place now known after him by the name Hathi China, and with his mighty tusks he burst the embankment of the lake and the water flowed away, so that the goddess Bhrawari, whose shrine is there to this day, was enabled to destroy the monster.

Yuri Klitsenko is a Russian living in Moscow.  He works for the Russian Orthodox Church.

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