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‘Granny’ jumbo to enter Guinness Book of World of Records

86-year-old Dakshayani is all set to enter the Guinness Book of World of Records as the oldest surviving Asian elephant in captivity. The Travancore Devaswam Board on Wednesday honoured the fit and graceful jumbo by awarding her with the title ‘gaja muthassi’, which means ‘grandma elephant’.

india Updated: Jul 27, 2016 19:30 IST
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Dakshayani, an 86-year-old elephant being felicitated by Travancore Devaswom Board at a function in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.
Dakshayani, an 86-year-old elephant being felicitated by Travancore Devaswom Board at a function in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.(PTI)

86-year-old Dakshayani is all set to enter the Guinness Book of World of Records as the oldest surviving Asian elephant in captivity.

The Travancore Devaswam Board (TDB) on Wednesday honoured the fit and graceful jumbo by awarding her with the title ‘gaja muthassi’, which means ‘grandma elephant’.

The TDB, which manages a number of temples, including the famous Sabarimala Ayyappa Swamy Temple, initiated several steps to make the entry of the majestic jumbo into the Guinness Book of World records as the oldest surviving Asian elephant in captivity.

TDB president Prayar Gopalakrishnan said that they had earlier written to the Guinness authorities in this regard.

He also said the records available with them show Dakshayani is the oldest.