The tragic incident of an elephant named Kandula who is said to belong to the elephant group at the historic Temple of the Tooth in Kandy has been reported to the Ravana Lanka Media Network.
An elephant named Kandula, which is said to belong to the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, has been separated from the elephant herd at the temple and used for a safari service for many years. During the safari service, the elephant also suffered an injury to its hind leg. It is also said that this innocent animal moves with great difficulty.
It is reported that this helpless animal is being sold at various prices to satisfy the cravings of tourists including foreigners. It is learned that this animal and several other elephants are found in a land belonging to a former Member of Parliament belonging to a certain political party and it is said that the father of the Member of Parliament has died due to an elephant attack. It is also reported that the income of the tourist guides who are engaged in safaris in Pinnawala has come down due to this elephant.
It is said that this elephant belongs to the ivory class of the Temple of the Tooth called ‘Kandula’ and that a large amount of money is charged for bathing, riding and touching. This kind of animal belonging to the palace ivory class should not really be used by brokers to make money. It is also seen that chains have been placed on the spot where the elephant’s leg is said to be broken. We also hope that animal organizations and organizations looking for elephants will look into the possibility of a disabled animal going on safari. Only a small fraction of the videos we encountered are posted here.
If this disabled animal belongs to the ivory class of the Temple of the Tooth, then the lay guardian of the Temple of the Tooth, the Diyawadana Nilame, Wanigasekara Wanasinghe Mudiyanse Ralahamilage Pradeep Nilanga Dela is responsible for it. However, it is illegal to use an animal belonging to the Temple of the Tooth for such a purpose. When we inquired, it was learned that even the Commissioner of Buddha Sasana did not have the power to give permission to do such a thing.
However, Diyawadana Nilame Pradeep Pradeep Nilanga Dela has been the Lay Trustee of the Temple of the Tooth since 2005. It is learned that several local and foreign organizations are preparing to lodge a complaint against him for all the frauds and corruption that have been uncovered so far. If this animal does not belong to the Temple of the Tooth, Diyawadana Nilame Pradeep Nilanga Dela will give a statement in this regard.