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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Tiruchendur temple gets two new elephants

 The Subramaniyaswamy temple at Tiruchendur has two new elephants.

Kumaran (3) and Deivayanai (6) were donated to the temple on Monday by a Chennai-based businessman.

The temple did not have an elephant ever since Shanti (40) died a year ago.

The businessman, Devadas Sundaram, purchased the pachyderms from Sukumaran at Samayapuram in Tiruchi district. He brought them to Tiruchendur on September 9.

On Monday morning, the decorated pachyderms were brought to the temple premises after performing "gaja pooja" at a Siva temple.

The businessman, along with his family members, handed over the elephants to T. Pitchandi, Commissioner, Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments, in the presence of P. Ramaraj, Joint Commissioner of HR&CE.

The family members also handed over Rs. 10 lakh to the temple authorities for food and medical expenses of the elephants.

The HR&CE sources said two mahouts attached to the department would guide the elephants during festivals.

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