Reportedly one of the most popular elephants of the Guruvayur temple in Kerala’s thrissur district, ‘Gajaratnam’ Guruvayur Padmanabhan, died on Wednesday. The tusker, who had been carrying the Guruvayur sri krishna idol for festivals, was 84 years old. Meanwhile according to the authorities of the Guruvayur Devaswom Board, which oversees the administration of the temple, the tusker had been unwell for over a month and was being treated for the last two weeks after he developed swelling in his body.
Furthermore post 9 am on wednesday, his condition worsened and was declared dead at 2 pm at the Punathoorkotta, a training centre for captive elephants near the Guruvayur sri krishna temple. Meanwhile at the time of his death, all doctors of the Guruvayur Devaswom were present near the tusker, monitoring his health condition.
Earlier with Padmanabhan’s passing away, the number of elephants under Guruvayur Devaswom’s ownership stands at 47. Scores of devotees of the temple thronged Padmanabhan’s funeral, chanting ‘Narayana Nayarayana’, to pay their last respects to the elephant. Many devotees believed Padmanabhan was an avatar of Guruvayur Kesavan, one of the most celebrated pachyderms owned by Guruvayur Devaswom. Guruvayur Kesavan died in december 1976.