Pampady Rajan
Pampady Rajan
SpeciesElephas maximus (Asian Elephant)
Bornc. 1977
Kodanadu Forest Range Kerala
Nation fromIndia
Known forThrissur pooram
OwnerShobit M Thomas
Height3.08–3.14 m (10 ft 1+12 in–10 ft 3+12 in)

Gajarajan Pampady Rajan (Malayalam: പാമ്പാടി രാജൻ;) (c. 1977) also written as Pampady Rajan is the most beautiful elephant in Kerala.[1]

Pampady Rajan, who was born in kodanadu forests range Kerala was bought in the 1970s by Moodankallungal Baby at an auction from Kodanad elephant training center for Rs 25,000.His early name at kodanad elephant training center was Bastin.Presently living at Pampady a village in kotayam district Kerala.[2] Pampady Rajan has won many Gajapattams (elephant awards) including Gajarajan, Gajakesari, Gajarakthnam, Gajarajaprajapathi, Gajarajakulapathi, Gajaraja Lakshana Perumaal, GajarajaGajothama Thilakam, GajendraKarnan and a rare award called Gajamaanikyam for his beauty.[3] On 21 October 2015, Rajan was honoured with a new title "Saarvabhauman Gajaraja Gandarvan" by Mahanavami committee in Kodunthirapully Village, Palakkad.[4] He is the winner of 2006 and 2007 Ithithanam Elephant Fest which was held at Changanassery in Kottayam district. He has participated in many poorams including the most famous Thrissur pooram.[5] Pambady Rajan is one of the celebrity elephants in Kerala.[6] Since elephants are chosen to carry images of deities at temple festivals based on their stature and bearing, he was one of four elephants featured in life-size advertisements on the highway for a temple in Maradu.[7] Some disputes are there regarding the exact height of Rajan. In a survey conducted on 27 February 2006 by the Forest Department to issue an ownership certificate, Rajan was measured a height of 315 cm (124 in). However, in 2012, he was measured to be 308 cm (121 in).[8] However some claims that this was done by someone deliberately to show a reduction in his height.[9]


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  5. ^ "Pampady Rajan - പാമ്പാടി രാജൻ". The Bearded Traveller - 5 May 2018. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  6. ^ "കേരളത്തിലെ ഗജരാജാക്കന്മാർ". Janam TV. 15 August 2020. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  7. ^ K. S. Sudhi, "Adding charm to temple festivals", The Hindu, 27 December 2006.
  8. ^ "Kerala High Court stalls fight to decide tallest jumbo". Deccan Chronicle. 20 February 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  9. ^ "ഗജരാജന്‍ പാമ്പാടി രാജന്‍ വളരുന്നത് താഴോട്ടാണ്!". Retrieved 12 January 2021.