Coming to the rescue of yet another temple elephant ‘Gomathi’, which is reportedly languishing in the Arulmigu Mahalingaswamy Temple at Thiruvidaimaruthur in Kumbakonam, the Madras High Court directed Ajaya Desai, elephant scientist at BC65 Camp in Belgaum, to inspect her and file a comprehensive report with supporting documents.
“The report would also indicate that the dung of the elephant was examined and found to be well masticated and digested, indicating good condition of the molars. That apart, the elephant’s shed, in which the elephant is housed by the Arulmigu Mahalingaswamy Temple is in dilapidated condition with poor hygiene and sanitation, and on account of tin sheet covering the shed, there is radiation inside the shed,” the bench said.
Although the report gave a clean chit to the care given to the elephant as well as its general health, it held that the animal is 65 years old and that frequent transportation was not advisable.
Special Government Pleader M Maharaja, appearing for the HR&CE department, submitted that as the temple was under the control of the Thiruvidaimaruthur Adheenam and that the department-save for limited purposes-had no control over the temple, especially with regard to the care and maintenance of the elephant. Further, mentioning that Gomathi was used to the temple environment and that her age was not on the preferable side, Maharaja advised against shifting the pachyderm to the captive elephant care facility in Tiruchy. The plea has been posted to December 17 for further hearing.