Maligawa Raja an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Kandy Sri Dalada Maligawa Temple of the Tooth

Male ♂ Asian elephant (<em>Elephas maximus</em>) Maligawa Raja at Kandy Sri Dalada Maligawa Temple of the Tooth

☨ Maligawa Raja
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Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ about 1988 years old (approximate age)
Dead date: 1988-07-16,
Death reason: disease: "an illness"
Location:Kandy Sri Dalada Maligawa Temple of the Tooth
ArrivalKandy Sri Dalada Maligawa Temple of the Tooth 1937-07-31
from Tikiri Bandara Mampitiya
Born:* ~1913 wild
Capture: 1925, Eravur in Batticaloa District
Document updated2009-07-29: transfer 1938
2009-07-29: Text
2009-09-22: 1000 rupee bill
2018-05-16: alt name, source
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.



Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Maligawa Raja, an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Kandy Sri Dalada Maligawa Temple of the Tooth in Sri Lanka. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 1 October 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=4755. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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