A 5-year-old female elephant calf was brought to Srivilliputhur Andal Temple from Assam 15 years ago. It was named Jayamaliyatha and raised in the temple hall.
Two Pagans were sacked two years ago after this elephant was attacked while at the Thekambatti Elephant Welfare Camp.
Subsequently, two new Pagans have been appointed and the elephant is being cared for. At present, the elephant is being maintained at a cost of Rs.10 lakh in a private hall at Krishnan temple, with modern facilities including a big fan and showers for bathing.
In this case, a video of this elephant being attacked is going viral again. Although it is known to attack the elephant, the details of who attacked it are not clearly reported. Someone remotely recorded the incident on a mobile phone and made it viral.
Following this, the Assam state officials who came to the temple inspected the elephant yesterday. Meghamalai, Srivilliputhur Tiger Reserve Deputy Director Dilip Kumar along with veterinarians and forest officials examined and examined the elephant.
They were accompanied by Andal Temple Executive Officer Muthuraj and temple officials.