One of the most majestic captive elephants of Kerala, Thiruvambadi Shivsundar, famous for its vibrant presence in all temple festivals, died in the wee hours of Sunday in Thrissur.
According to the records, Shivsundar is 46 years old and for the past 60 days, the elephant was under treatment due to chronic constipation. The veterinarians who lead the experimental treatment for the ailment were not able to determine the exact cause of the ailment. According to Thiruvambadi Devaswam Secretary M Madhavan Kutty, the end came at 2.30 am.
Shivsundar was donated to the temple by a businessman TA Sunder Menon in 2003 and for the past 15 years, the elephant was the most precious asset of the temple. Thiruvambadi Shivsundar was an integral part of the Thiruvambadi temple during Thrissur Pooram, one of the biggest temple festivals of Kerala, for the last 15 years. People of Thrissur always held an emotional attachment to Shivsundar and they were shocked to hear the news of sad demise of Thiruvambadi Shivsundar with a heavy heart this morning.
Madhavan Kutty said after the usual rituals and bidding farewell by the people, the body will be taken to Kodanad forest area in Ernakulam district, Kerala for cremation in the afternoon.