This manager is faced with a massive task.

Laiju Mol, a Guruvayur resident, was recently appointed as the manager of anakotta by the devaswom . The annual sughachikitsa (rejuvenation therapy) for the elephants of the devaswom is scheduled to begin on July 1 .

Thrissur: This time, the anakotta (elephant yard) of Guruvayur devaswom, where the annual sughachikitsa (rejuvenation therapy) for the elephants of the devaswom is scheduled to begin on July 1.For the first time in the 47-year history of the hospital, a woman has been appointed as the facility's manager, and she will oversee the sughachikitsa this year.Laiju Mol, a Guruvayur resident, was recently appointed as the manager of anakotta by the devaswom.The sughachikitsa for the 44 elephants at anakotta will be administered by her and deputy administrator Pramod.

Raveendran Nair's father, father-in-law Sankaranaraynan, and husband Prasad were all mahouts with the devaswom.Her father was killed in 1996 when a vehicle struck her while he was accompanying an elephant as mahout near Thaikkad.Intriguingly, the devaswom had planned to transfer another woman employee to this job.However, she declined, saying that women are not usually posted at anakotta.

However, a devaswom employee, Laiju Mol, was kind enough to accept the challenge when it came her way.According to devaswom chairman Prof V K Vijayan, such posts should not be made available to women anymore.Since my childhood, I had come to the anakotta with my father, and I had come to the area as a result of that.And the majority of the staff here treat me as their daughter or sister.

To protect the elephants' well-being, veterinarians have also been recruited.Laiju Mol will have to perform primarily as an administrative assistant.When asked about the accusations that many of the mahouts are liquor addicts and ill-treat elephants, Laiju Mol said, In fact, only a handful of mahouts belong to this group, and I will strive to transform them as I go.