Dakshayani, an 86 year old elephant who is set to enter Guinness Records as the world’s oldest living elephant, was honoured in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala. According to news agency IANS, the elephant belongs to the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) which controls a large number of temples in the state including the famed Sabarimala temple of Lord Ayyappa. Reports suggest that the TDB has appliedto the Guiness Records stating claim to Dakshayani being the world’ oldest living elephant. Elephants are an integral part of the cultural milieu of Kerala and are prominently displayed in festivals and processions. They are also conferred star status in the state with many of them even having fan clubs.
TDB president Prayar Gopalakrishnan told reporters that they have evidence that Dakshayini is the world’s oldest living elephant. The president added that the elephant was gifted to the TDB by the Travancore royal family.
The TDB is known to own 33 elephants in the state.
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Eravikulam National Park
Silent Valley National Park
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary
Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary.
Thermal Power plants in Kerala:
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