Gaja Ratnam Guruvayur Padmanabhan an Asian elephant at Guruvayur Devaswom Aanathavalam (Punnathur Kota)

 ☨ ♂ Gaja Ratnam Guruvayur Padmanabhan  


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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 date: 2020-02-26
Death reason: unknown:
Present / last location:Guruvayur Devaswom Aanathavalam (Punnathur Kota), in India

Date of Arrival
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1975-06-25Guruvayur Devaswom Aanathavalam (Punnathur Kota)
from Guruvayur Devaswom (Kovilakam)
Guruvayur Devaswom (Kovilakam) 1954-01-18
from Nilambur reserve forest

Document updated2018-05-06: new record
2020-03-20: death record
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† Gaja Ratnam Guruvayur Padmanabhan is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant, (Elephas maximus), who died at Guruvayur Devaswom Aanathavalam (Punnathur Kota), in India, of from unknown reasons in 2020-02-26. (see detailed list).


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 listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Gaja Ratnam Guruvayur Padmanabhan, an Asian elephant at Guruvayur Devaswom Aanathavalam (Punnathur Kota) in India. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 16 May 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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