Vellaiammal at Thanjavur Brihadishvara temple (Rajarajesvaram or Peruvudaiyar Kovil)

† Vellaiammal
ID Number:Local id Number: 5 - 
95 in Database for Captive Elephants in Tamil Nadu - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ less than 63 years old (maximum age) less than 63 years old (maximum age)
Dead date: 2013-09-14,
Death reason: disease: arthritis
Location:Thanjavur Brihadishvara temple (Rajarajesvaram or Peruvudaiyar Kovil)
ArrivedThanjavur Brihadishvara temple (Rajarajesvaram or Peruvudaiyar Kovil) 1954-00-00
Born:>1950 wild
Document updated2018-05-06: new record
For the last 10 years, Vellaiammal was sleeping in a standing position as she had a problem (arthritis) on her right leg. “Last night, she slept lying down probably due to lapse of memory. Around 5am on Saturday, when the mahouts and other attendants came to the shed, they were surprised to see Vellaiammal lying down but she was making efforts to get up,” Rangarajan, supervisor of the Big Temple told TOI.

Have visited this temple several times and seen the elegant Vellaiammal. Sad that it had a painful death. Pray to Almighty for its soul to rest in peace. Sridhar BalasubramaniamImmediately the authorities called the veterinarians who tried to revive her and also make her get up but efforts failed and she started gasping. Her end came around 9am, said Rangarajan. The final rites for the elephant were done behind her shed at 4pm, he said

Sources, among others

  • Database for Captive Elephants and their Mahouts in Tamil Nadu
    made 2009 by Surendra Varma, N. Kalaivanan, N.S.Manoharan, R. Thirumurugan, S. Thangaraj Panneerslevam and N. Mohanraj, India

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