Raja Museum, Kandy

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Stop by Raja Museum to pay your respects to a Sri Lankan tusker elephant that participated in the annual Festival of the Tooth for five decades. Situated on the Temple of the Tooth premises, the small museum showcases the body of the majestic animal, declared a national treasure in 1986, two years before his death at the age of 75. Raja Museum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , international travel planner Edition.
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  • Raja carried the Sacred Relic Casket in processions for over 50 years until he died in 1988. The skill of the taxidermist is very evident in preserving the dead animal’s skin and tusks in lifelike...  more »
  • Giant tusker Raja is remarkable heritage in Sri Lanka. Lankans respect this animal from generations. There are number of amazing real stories about this elephant. He is the tusker who carried the...  more »
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  • Raja, the great tusker, which carried the Sacred Relic Casket for more than half a century, is honoured by the Dalada Maligawa by preserving the dead animal’s skin and tusks prepared to look like the tusker when alive. The museum which is located in a small building adjacent to the Royal Palace is visited by tourists and pilgrims who throng themselves to the Sri Dalada Maligawa. Species Asian Elephant Sex Male Born c. 1913 Eravur Died July 16, 1988 (aged 75) Kandy Resting place The Museum of Raja Notable role Main casket bearer of the procession of Esala Years active 1937 - 1987 Predecessor Dhanthaloota Successor Heiyantuduwa Raja Owner Sri Dalada Maligawa
  • contains photgraphs of the tusker named 'Raaja'
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