Guruvayur Padmanabhan at Guruvayur Devaswom Aanathavalam (Punnathur Kota)

Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) Guruvayur Padmanabhan at Guruvayur Devaswom  Aanathavalam (Punnathur Kota)

Guruvayur Padmanabhan
ID Number:
678 in Database for Captive Elephants in Kerala - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂
Management:Free contact
Location:Guruvayur Devaswom Aanathavalam (Punnathur Kota)
ArrivedGuruvayur Devaswom Aanathavalam (Punnathur Kota) 1975-06-25
from Guruvayur Devaswom (Kovilakam)
Guruvayur Devaswom (Kovilakam) 1954-01-18
from Nilambur reserve forest
Born: wild in
Nilambur reserve forest
Capture: ?, Nilambur forest
Document updated2018-05-06: new record

When Padmanabhan was brought to Guruvayur, there were only one or two elephants here. Regarded as king of elephants, the Maharaja of Ambalapuzha awarded him with the precious prize, Veerashringala.


Padmanabhan currently holds the record for the highest fee collected by an elephant when he bagged Rs.2,22,222 for participating in a temple procession in Palakkad in April 2004. Padmanabhan is 10 feet high.

He was caught from the Nilambur forest He was presented to the (nadakkiruthal) Guruvayoor temple by E.P.Brothers (Ottappalam Kerandathu Puthenveettil Achuthan Nair, Madhavan Nair) of Ottapplam in the year 1954.

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