Bellanwila Atha
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya temple in Sri Lanka

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Bellanwila Atha  dead elephant
Alternative name: Chanduru, Chandru, Chandu



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂
Born:* <1951
Birth place:
Dead: 2002?
Death reason: accident: struck down by lightning?
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya temple, in Sri Lanka

Date of arrival

Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya temple
from Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens (Dehiwela Zoo)

Record history
History of updates2013-06-05: new record
2018-05-16: alt name, death reason?

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Bellanwila Atha is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2002? at Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya temple, in Sri Lanka, . Official death reason described as struck down by lightning?.


Bellanwila Atha was born <1951.

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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.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Bellanwila Atha, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya temple in Sri Lanka. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 4 July 2022 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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