India, May 8 -- Keralas' biggest cultural festival Thrissur Pooram, an ensemble of traditional percussion musical instruments, caparisoned elephants, decorative umbrellas and pyrotechnics, has hit a road block over the ban of one-eyed celebrity elephant named 'Thechikottukavu Ramachandran.'

The 54-year-old tusker which has enough fan clubs and die-hard admirers in the state, was taken out of temple duty after it ran amok in February and killed two persons.

Thrissur district collector T V Anupama, who is known for her no-nonsense approach, has said a big no to the VIP jumbo, intensifying the standoff between elephant lovers and the government. Elephant owners have threatened not to parade their jumbos at the Pooram. In the week-long Poor...