Millangoda Podi Raja’ also known as ‘Jayanthi’, the majestic tusker of the Sri Dalada Maligawa who carried the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha in the Dalada procession at the Esala Perahera in Kandy for several years has passed away.
The tusker has taken part in multiple processions of Buddhist temples across the island. Since 2016, it has carried the sacred relics at the Esala Perahera of Dalada Maligawa in Kandy for several years.
‘Millangoda Podi Raja’ carried the Sacred Tooth Relic casket for the first time in 2017, parading the Randoli Perahera of the historic Esala festival.
The tusker which was 70 years old was purchased by S.R.S. Millangoda, when it was 4 years of age, from a public auction at Dehiwala Zoological Garden.
The tusker was also named as ‘Jayanthi’, as its owner had made the purchase in the Sambuddha Jayanthi year of 1956.