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Handysmith
Ryde, Australia316 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Small museum in separate building but part of the Temple of the Tooth Relic complex. Worth a 15 minute stop to see this famous elephant. Free entry. Read up on the history beforehand as most of the signage is not in English. We hire an official guide who knew we wanted to see this.
Written November 21, 2023
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centralvic
Ballarat, Australia512 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
The history of Raja is shown in photos, and was interesting.
The covers for his tusks while on parade are there too, but I think the small(ish) silver howdah for the Tooth is in the Temple.
All part of the Tooth Relic Temple, it's well worth the visit.
Written February 27, 2023
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MikeJuliya
Colombo, Sri Lanka683 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
Graceful Elephant ever so far in the Maligawa History.
Recommended to visit there and to see get an historical experiences.
Written February 7, 2021
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Steve_Grant1
Oldham, UK1,607 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This museum is located in the Temple of the Tooth area. So it is worth a pop in to see the size of the animal and learn about its history and service.
Written March 18, 2020
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Ronald W
Arundel, UK109 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Didn’t know what to expect when we went in. It was Ian interesting insight into the relationship between the Sri Lankan’s and elephants. Small and crowded with school children (well behaved!).
Written March 5, 2020
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A Ayesh A P
Colombo, Sri Lanka150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Raja or Maligawa Raja was born in 1913. Raja passed away in 1988. This prestige tusker elephant belonged to the Sri Dalada Maligawa(Temple of the tooth)Kandy. Raja participated at the annual Esala procession for 50 approximately. As Raja was one of the most celebrated elephants, in 1986 former Sri Lankan President J. R. Jayewardene declared Raja as a national treasure. Raja Museum was established in recognition of his immense services to the religion and culture of Sri Lanka after Raja’s death.Raja's stuffed remains stand quietly in this museum. This special museum is located within the ground of the Temple of the tooth(Sri Dalada Maligawa). Entrance to the museum is free of change.
Written February 19, 2020
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia7,494 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
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 pose. The animal was held in such reverence in Sri Lanka that a national day of mourning was held on his death. Located in a room adjacent the Royal Palace.
Written November 18, 2019
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Sanda
Thailand26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
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 tooth relic of the lord Buddha in Kandy perahera for more than 3 decades. He symbolized the part of Sri Lanakan culture also. The most important factor of this museum is, it shows how Sri Lankans are treat even animals who was with them. It is so impressing. People who are traveling to Kandy, should visit this museum which was cotton filled elephant Raja is in and feel the divine Sri Lankan cultural heritage.
Written August 15, 2019
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Rosario_it
Belgium1,827 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
Quite original museum, the museum tell a lot about the life of an elephant (Raja) which after its service went to retirement and after its death has been exibited at this small museum.
There is some description of the duties of the elephant and some details of its life.
Written July 6, 2019
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Tina P
Bothell, WA161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
This is a small spot but holds the remains of Raja the Tusker who is important for the culture of Sri Lanka. He was well cared for in his 50 years and if you mention his name to anyone they recognize it still. It shows how much they care.
Written June 10, 2019
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