Sriram Janak – Photography

Makhna in musth…





” excitement , swiftness, odour, love, passion,

complete florescence of the body, wrath , prowess ,

and fearlessness are declared

to the  eight excellences of musth ”


~~~ matangalila






tuskless male elephants….






During musth the temporal gland


of the male swells and secretes a fluid….


During this period the males seek out and mate with cows.


Musth is sometimes described as


” an instinctive desire in the male elephants to fight and even kill, before mating ”






They are generally


big fellows with powerful trunks….





A big makhna is generally feared


by the members of any herd….





They seem to make up in size


of body & trunk for the lack of tusks &


are generally enormously powerful elephants….





It has been recorded that in the case


of a fight between a good sized tusker & a makhna…


the makhna snapped off one of the tusks of its


opponent with its trunk…





many males in musth also have a continual discharge or


dribble of urine , with damp patches on their hind legs…..




8 responses

  1. With respect – what powerful images accompany your info. Lesley

    June 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm

  2. thank you…

    June 16, 2012 at 7:01 am

  3. narhvalur

    Reblogged this on Ann Novek–With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors.

    June 16, 2012 at 5:32 pm

  4. Beautiful. 🙂

    June 19, 2012 at 11:45 pm

  5. Ramasamy srk


    January 25, 2013 at 12:14 am

  6. Beautiful..where was this handsome lad?

    September 20, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    • Thank you..
      This was in Corbett national park..India

      September 22, 2013 at 10:00 am

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