Thiruvambadi Sivasundar (Pookodan Shivan)
Thiruvambadi Sivasundar in 2012
SpeciesIndian elephant
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.


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.


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]


  1. ^ a b c "Thiruvambadi Sivasundar dies".
  2. ^ a b Muringatheri, Mini (17 March 2018). "Sivasundar, a legend vanishes". The Hindu – via
  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