Millangoda Tusker passes away

30 June 2020 03:25 pm - 2     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The Millangoda tusker “Jayanthi” that carried the casket of sacred relics in the Kandy Esala Perahera for several years has passed away on Monday evening.

The owner of the tusker former Provincial Council Member Ananda Millangoda told the media that the tusker ‘Jayanthi’  also called ‘Podi Raja’  was 68-years-old at the time of the death.  

He said his farther S.R.S. Millangoda (Millangoda Loku Mahantthaya) had purchased the jumbo in 1956 at an auction in Dehiwala Zoo when it was a calf.

He said the 9ft tall tusker had carried the casket of sacred relics of the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Esala Perahera as well as in Pereheras in several other temples.

The funeral of the tusker took place amidst religious rites today. (Saman Wijeya Bandara)

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  • Ravindra Madduri Tuesday, 30 June 2020 04:08 PM

    Look at the pictures... in the name of Religion its pure abusing the poor animal.

    MirakRajBanda Tuesday, 30 June 2020 04:18 PM

    Average lifespan of a captive elephant is 40 to 45 and 68 may the world record. Very pathetic to see the jumbo chained to life for a sacred mission. Free and wild make them more happy and they are deserved to be so.


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