Special Task Force in Sri Lanka (STF) Team raided and found 76 yards of pearls (Elephant Pearl) Have been confiscated. Gaja Moti Gajamuthu in Sri Lanka (Gaja Muthu) Also called. However, Sri LankaThis is not the first case of smuggling of pearls in the yard. Such cases have come up before. According to Sri Lankan media reports, people generally understand that elephants are hunted only for their teeth, but this is not the case. After being hunted, pearls attached to their brains are also removed and smuggled. It is in high demand in the international black market.
What is a yard pearl, how is it made in an elephant, why is it smuggled and what are the beliefs about it? Find out the answers to these questions
What is Gaja Moti or Gajamuthu and how is it made?
Although it is included in the pearl category, it is not actually a pearl. It is found in the part of the ivory end attached to the brain. Dr. Nandan Attapattu, a former deputy director of the Asian Elephant Specialist Group, says in a report in the Sunday Observer:
Surprisingly, these pearls are not found in all elephants. These pearls are rare. The process of forming a pearl in an elephant begins when its outer teeth are fully developed. Dr. Nandan says that there is a cavity in the upper third of the ivory that is visible from the outside. These include nerves, blood vessels, and tissues. Which looks like jelly. As the elephant gets older, its gel dries out. By the age of about 60, a cavity has formed in this part. When the gel dries, it peels off.
How to increase the luster of yard pearls?
Once the gel is completely dry, the cavity leaves its place. Therefore, whenever the elephant shakes its head frequently, it moves in the cavity inside the body and gives it a glow. This is called yard pearl. This is how pearls are made in elephants. It is found in older elephants. If you understand in simple language, it is only a part of the tooth.
It is believed to bring prosperity
There are many myths about pearls in India and neighboring countries. Because of these beliefs, it is smuggled and smugglers make big money. It is believed that the king who wore it, his children were healthy, they won every battle. Because it was believed that gaj pearls proved to be lucky for them, gaj pearls are considered a symbol of prosperity. This mother is not from the time of kings, even today Gajmoti is considered a symbol of prosperity.