Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Mathilakam Darshini at Padmanabhaswamy Temple

 ☨ ♀ Mathilakam Darshini  
Alternative name:Darsini


Chip id Number0006590E99
Certificate Number684
Kerala database nr545


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Subspecies: Elephas maximus indicus
Sex and age:Female ♀
Born:* <1964 wild
Birth place: in Western Ghats
Dead: 2021-05-29
Death location: Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Death reason: disease: prolonged illness
Present / last location:Padmanabhaswamy Temple, in India

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1966-00-00Padmanabhaswamy Temple
from Maharaja Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma of Travancore
Maharaja Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma of Travancore
from Western Ghats

Document updated2021-06-04
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† Mathilakam Darshini is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died at Padmanabhaswamy Temple, in India, from disease 2021-05-29. Official death reason described as prolonged illness. (see detailed list).


Mathilakam Darshini was born wild <1964 at Western Ghats.

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As per the temple records, Darshini and two other female jumbos were received from the forests of Western Ghats in the year 1966.As a mark of respect to the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, the elephants were given the names "Indira", "Priya" and "Darshini".King Chithira Thirunal, who liked the jumbo named Darshini very much, and gifted her to the Lord Padmanabha Temple then managed by the royal family.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Mathilakam Darshini, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Padmanabhaswamy Temple in India. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 29 July 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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