This is cool! Michael gets blessed by holy temple elephant. You hold out a coin, the elephant gives you his trunk, you put the coin in his trunk, he pats you on the head with his trunk. Hari Ganesha! Then, the elephant gives the coin to the seated man. It’s usually wet!
Outside the ashram, I get photographed with one of the begging-sadus (holy men) that hang out in front of the ashram gates. Note auto advertisement above the wall — with photo of Ramana Maharishi! Worlds collide.
The big temple is downtown, the ashram on the edge of town.