Thiruvambadi Sivasundar (Pookodan Shivan)
Thiruvambadi Sivasundar in 2012
SpeciesIndian elephant
SexMale[1]
Bornc. 1972, Kodanadu Forest Range.
DiedMarch 11, 2018
Thrissur, Kerala, India
Nation fromIndia
EmployerThiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple
SuccessorThiruvambadi Cheriya Chandrasekharan
Height3.06 m (10 ft 0 in)

Thiruvambadi Sivasundar (c. 1964 — March 11, 2018)[2] was an Indian elephant who lived at the Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple in Thrissur, Kerala, India.[3]And its known as Azhakinde thamburan because of his beauty and its also known as pooranayakan.

Career

He was first named Pookkodan Sivan and once worked at a timber factory.[4] In 2003, he was purchased by businessman Sundar Menon for ₹28 lakh. Menon then gave him as an offering to the deity at the Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple.[2] From then on, he carried the idol on behalf of the temple during Thrissur's annual Pooram festival.

Death

He died at 1:30 am, on March 11, 2018. He was experiencing constipation and losing weight for the last 67 days of his life, during which time he was receiving treatment.[5][1]

Thousands of people attended his funeral.[6] It was then taken to Kodanad in Kerala where he was cremated and his ashes buried.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Thiruvambadi Sivasundar dies". kaumudi.com.
  2. ^ a b Muringatheri, Mini (17 March 2018). "Sivasundar, a legend vanishes". The Hindu – via www.thehindu.com.
  3. ^ "Kerala's celebrated temple elephant Thiruvambadi Sivasundar passes away". 12 March 2018.
  4. ^ "When Thiruvambadi Sivasundar walked into the forest in protest".
  5. ^ Muringatheri, Mini (18 March 2018). "Sivasundar, a legend vanishes". The Hindu.
  6. ^ Staff Reporter (11 March 2018). "Legendary elephant Thiruvambadi Sivasundar dies". The Hindu – via www.thehindu.com.