Elephants have been
a part of Indian culture since times Immemorial. They
were representatives of the strenght and power of
kings and Emperors.
It was therefore natural that polo "The King
of Sports"and simultaneously "The Sport
of The Kings" was incorporated to be played on
elephants as well.
and obviously enough, had a big role to play in elephant
polo development as it was not only the most famous
polo centre but also was a prominent state with probably
the largest elephant paraphernalia .Jaipur has had
a long and colorful association with Elephants. No
festival, no formal occasion, no religious ceremony
would be complete without a row of gaily decorated,
well caparisoned Elephants.
is the only place in the world where one can
witness this exclusive sport throughout the
year. Watching it, is a unique and an unforgettable
experience. The Colossal size of the elephant
evokes awe, yet it's docile nature, it's gracefull
movements and it's doleful eyes have always
fascinated man, it's majestic presence has associated
with regal splendor and elephant has always
remained as one of the most important possessions
of the kings. Though the elephants lacked the
speed and agility of the polo horses, it is
great fun to watch the enormous pachyderms moving
around the field after the ball at great speed,
of course in elephantine standard.
welcome to break them!)
- The game begins
with a throw in, from the centre of the field.
- A player is permitted
to take only three taps / hits at the ball, after
which he/she has to leave possession of ball.
- Hooking of sticks
is not allowed.
- There can not be
more than two elephants from the same team in any
one half of the field.
- When the ball
goes over the side line, the team that did not hit
it, has a hit-in from where it went out.
- Penalty hits are
to be taken from 20 yards from the goal line and
in a penalty the opposition elephants must be atleast
15 yards away.
- Team change ends
only after each "CHUKKER"
- Ladies may use
two hands, men can use only one (To hold the polo
- No elephant can
lie down between the goal posts.
- The decision of
the Umpire is final.
- The player may
be damn good ,but if the elephant plays to loose
,nobody can stop him.
P.S:In all the events
organised by RJPF,all human efforts are made to ensure
the safety of the players and the animals.