Tusker Paramekkavu Rajendran, a favourite among elephant lovers, passes away
Thrissur: Tusker Paramekkavu Rajendran, one of the favourites of elephant lovers in the state, has passed away. He used to be paraded regularly for all events in connection with Thrissur Pooram.
The head priest of Paramekkavu temple, Parameswaran Namboodiori, bought Rajendran after collecting a sum of Rs 4800 from the devotees. And hence, he is often dubbed as the "devotees' elephant". He was 12 years old when he was brought to Paramekkavu, in 1955.
Rajendran was one of the few elephants who was reluctant to get into a truck. So, during the early days, he used to travel to Thrippunithara by foot. And since he was the one of the few elephants not scared of temple fireworks, he was always a regular at the Paramekkavu shed, during Thrissur Pooram.
By nature, Rajendran was very amiable with the public. Without any hesitation, he used to accept food items given by the locals and always responded whenever someone addressed him by his pet name Raju.
Rajendran’s ears were his most striking feature. Many people considered his ears to be similar to that of the legendary elephant Guruvayur Kesavan.