Thiruvambadi Sivasundar

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Thiruvambadi Sivasundar (Pookodan Shivan)
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Thiruvambadi Sivasundar in 2012
SpeciesIndian elephant
SexMale[1]
Bornc. 1972
DiedMarch 11, 2018
Thrissur, Kerala, India
Nation fromIndia
EmployerThiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple

Thiruvambadi Sivasundar (c. 1972 - March 11, 2018)[2] was an Indian elephant who lived at the Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple in Thrissur, Kerala, India.[3]

Career[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Thiruvambadi Sivasundar dies". kaumudi.com.
  2. ^ a b Muringatheri, Mini (17 March 2018). "Sivasundar, a legend vanishes" – 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. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/sivasundar-a-legend-vanishes/article23283876.ece
  6. ^ Reporter, Staff (11 March 2018). "Legendary elephant Thiruvambadi Sivasundar dies" – via www.thehindu.com.