Raja at Kandy Sri Dalada Maligawa Temple of the Tooth

Male Asian elephant Raja at Kandy Sri Dalada Maligawa Temple of the Tooth

† Raja
ID Number:
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Male 75 years
Dead date: 1988-07-16
Death reason: unknown:
Location:Kandy Sri Dalada Maligawa Temple of the Tooth
ArrivedKandy Sri Dalada Maligawa Temple of the Tooth 1938-07-31
from Tikiri Bandara Mampitiya
Tikiri Bandara Mampitiya 1925-00-00
Born:1913 wild
Capture: 1925
Document updated2009-07-29: transfer 1938
2009-07-29: Text
2009-09-22: 1000 rupee bill
According to various sources four feet five inches in height and 12 years of age, in 1925.

On August 20, 1986 President J. R. Jayewardene declared Raja as a national treasure in recognition of its invaluable services to the religion.

A stamp was issued in its memory on December 12, 1989, and also the 1000 Rupee bill, with Raja and the muslim trainer Umar Lebbe Panicker from Eravur in Batticola.

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