Definitions for howdahˈhaʊ də
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a seat or platform placed on the back of an elephant.
Category: Indian (India)
Origin of howdah:
1765–75; < Hindi haudah < Ar hawdaj
a (usually canopied) seat for riding on the back of a camel or elephant
A seat, usually with a canopy, carried on the back of an elephant or camel.
An ornate carriage which is positioned on the back of elephants or occasionally other animals, used most often in the past for rich people who travelled in India via elephant.
Origin: hauda, from هودج. (1774)
a seat or pavilion, generally covered, fastened on the back of an elephant, for the rider or riders
A howdah, or houdah, also known as hathi howdah, is a carriage which is positioned on the back of an elephant, or occasionally some other animal such as camels, used most often in the past to carry wealthy people or for use in hunting or warfare. It was also a symbol of wealth for the owner, and as a result was decorated with expensive gems. Most notable are the Golden Howdah, the one used in display at the Napier Museum at Trivandrum which was used by the King of erstwhile Travancore and the one used traditionally during the Jamboo Savari of the famous Mysore Dasara. The Museum at the Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan has a gallery of royal Howdahs. In the present time, howdahs are used mainly for tourist or commercial purposes in South East Asia, and are the subject of controversy as animal rights groups and organizations, such as Millennium Elephant Foundation, openly criticize the use of the howdah, citing information that howdahs can cause permanent damage to an elephant's spine, lungs, and other organs and can significantly shorten the animal's life.
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