Skanda Vale Temple in United Kingdom

Skanda Vale Temple

First elephant arrived1981
Address Skanda Vale, Llanpumsaint
Zip-code SA33 6JT
Place Carmarthen, Wales
Country United Kingdom
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Skanda Vale Temple, located at Skanda Vale, Llanpumsaint, in Carmarthen, Wales, United Kingdom , was founded in 1970 and the first elephant arrived in 1981.

Living elephants

At the Skanda Vale Temple lives 3 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Kamala (Camilla, Kamella) born 1966
  2. Lakshmi born 1966
  3. Valli born 1980

Comments / picturesIn 1981, President Jayawardena of Sri Lanka presented Skanda Vale temple with a baby elephant in appreciation of the help he was giving to Sri Lankans in Britain through the establishment of the multi-faith Temple.

She was born in the wild but orphaned as a baby. People found her being sheltered by a Herd of water buffalo, who are usually sworn enemies of elephants! Those water buffalo took her in and looked after her, until she was taken by people to a very famous elephant sanctuary in Sri Lanka.

She lived there for a little while, before the Sri Lankan President of the time decided to give her as a gift to Guru Sri Subramanium, the founder of Skanda Vale. So she came to Skanda Vale, and arrived as a little elephant in 1980. Since then, she has been cared for by the Community alongside so many other animals.

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Koehl, Dan (2023). Skanda Vale Temple, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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