The famous 55 year old Tusker “Nawam Raja” has passed away.
The tusker passed away after an ailment at the Gangarama Temple in Hunupitiya. It had taken part in several pageants including the Kandy Dalada Perahera and the Nawam Perahera in Gangarama. The Tusker rendered a pioneering service for 26 years by carrying the casket of the Gangarama Perahera.
Religious observances were conducted to bestow merits on the Nawam Raja. Thereafter the Tusker was buried with full honours. A notable feature was its burial at the place where it stayed in the temple. First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa visited the temple and paid last respects to Nawam Raja.