Airavat is heralded as the king of the animal world and the vehicle of Indra, ruler of the heavens. Airavat is a white elephant with seven trunks, a naturally armoured body and divine immunity to fire and injuries. When Kunti, mother of the Pandavas, sees a reflection of Airavat in the miraculous floor of the palace of Indraprastha, she wishes to see and worship it in person. To fulfill his mother’s wish, Bhima reaches the heavens, defeats the forces protecting the divine elephant and proudly brings Airavat from the heavens. Bhima creates a pathway of arrows between heaven and earth for the divine elephant’s descent.
This story from the Mahabharat aims to show that it is the children’s duty to fulfil their parents’ wishes.