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

Male ♂ Asian elephant (<em>Elephas maximus</em>) 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)
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Body height: 3.05 meter, 10.0 feet
Dead date: 2020-03-00?,
Death reason: unknown:
Location:Guruvayur Devaswom Aanathavalam (Punnathur Kota)
ArrivalGuruvayur 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
2020-03-20: death record
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 list

Koehl, D., (2020). Guruvayur Padmanabhan, an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Guruvayur Devaswom Aanathavalam (Punnathur Kota) in India. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 28 September 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=1926. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Database for Captive Elephants in Kerala
    made 2009 by Surendra Varma, E.K. Easwaran, T.S. Rajeev, Marshal.C.Radhakrishnan, S. R. Sujata and Nibha Namboodiri , India
  • Districtwise details of Captive Elephants of Kerala by Kerala Forest Department, India
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