Guruvayur Padmanabhan an Asian elephant at Guruvayur Devaswom Aanathavalam (Punnathur Kota)

 ☨ ♂ Guruvayur Padmanabhan  

Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂
Id number
678 in Database for Captive Elephants in Kerala
Body height: 3.05 meter, 10.0 feet
Born:* wild
Birth place: in Nilambur reserve forest
Capture: ? Nilambur forest
Dead date: 2020-03-00?
Death reason: unknown:
Present / last location:Guruvayur Devaswom Aanathavalam (Punnathur Kota), in India

Date of Arrival

1975-06-25Guruvayur Devaswom Aanathavalam (Punnathur Kota)
from Guruvayur Devaswom (Kovilakam)
Guruvayur Devaswom (Kovilakam) 1954-01-18
from Nilambur reserve forest

Document updated2018-05-06: new record
2020-03-20: death record
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† Guruvayur Padmanabhan is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant, (Elephas maximus), who died at Guruvayur Devaswom Aanathavalam (Punnathur Kota), in India, from unknown reasons in 2020-03-00?, (see detailed list).


Guruvayur Padmanabhan was born wild in Nilambur reserve forest, captured ? , captured at Nilambur forest.

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1954: 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.

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.

2004: 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.
He was conferred ‘Gaja Ratnam’ title by the temple board in 2004.

2020-03-26: Reported dead. He was ailing for the last two months due to age-related ailments.

Padmanabhan was 10 feet high.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2020). Guruvayur Padmanabhan, an Asian at Guruvayur Devaswom Aanathavalam (Punnathur Kota) in India. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 4 December 2020 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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