Gaja Ratnam Guruvayur Padmanabhan
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Guruvayur Devaswom elephant camp in India

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Gaja Ratnam Guruvayur Padmanabhan  dead elephant


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Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂
Body height: 3.05 meter, 10.0 feet
Born:* wild
Birth place: in Nilambur reserve forest
Capture: ? Nilambur forest
Dead: 2020-02-26
Death reason: unknown:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Guruvayur Devaswom elephant camp, in India

Date of arrival

1975-06-25Guruvayur Devaswom elephant camp
from Guruvayur Devaswom (Kovilakam)

1954-01-18Guruvayur Devaswom (Kovilakam)
from Nilambur reserve forest

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History of updates2018-05-06: new record
2020-03-20: death record

Latest document update2021-04-07 10:44:50
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† Gaja Ratnam Guruvayur Padmanabhan is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2020-02-26 at Guruvayur Devaswom elephant camp, in India, .


Gaja Ratnam Guruvayur Padmanabhan was born wild at Nilambur reserve forest, captured ? , captured at Nilambur forest.

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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, Dan, (2023). Gaja Ratnam Guruvayur Padmanabhan, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Guruvayur Devaswom elephant camp in India. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 6 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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