Bellanwila Atha at Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya temple

† Bellanwila Atha
Alternative name:Chanduru, Chandru, Chandu
ID Number:
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂more than 51 years old (minimum age)
Dead date: 2002?,
Death reason: accident: struck down by lightning?
Location:Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya temple
ArrivedBellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya temple
from Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens (Dehiwela Zoo)
Document updated2013-06-05: new record
2018-05-16: alt name, death reason?
1953: An elephant corral with pool, as well as an iron cage for the tusker elephant Chandru, was built. Source: 1953 Ceylon Administration report, Sri Lanka national Archives, Colombo.

2006: After the death of 75-year-old 'Chandru', the 'vacancy' for a tusker remains unfilled for the last three-years for carrying the karanduwe in the Esala Perahera of the Bellanwilla Raja Maha Viharaya. "Chandru' was the only tusker for the entire Western province and now the province has to beg the services of the two tuskers belonging to the Gampaha District.

Sources, among others

  • 1953 Ceylon Administration report, Sri Lanka national Archives, Colombo.

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