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Kerala temple robotic elephant

Published on February 28, 2023
Current Context: A temple in Kerala has introduced a 'robot' elephant for rituals. The temple is Irinjadappilly Sree Krishna Temple at Kallettumkara. The 'robot' elephant has been named Irinjadappilly Raman. It was donated by PETA India, an animal rights organisation.
Kerala temple robotic elephant
  • The temple has pledged to never keep or hire elephants or any other animals for rituals or festivities.
  • The 'robot' elephant is a life-sized mechanical model that can move its trunk, ears and tail. It can also make sounds like a real elephant. It was built at a cost of Rs 5 lakh by two artists from Thrissur Sujith SN and Aswathy Sujith.
  • The temple claims that this initiative is aimed at reducing animal cruelty and promoting compassion 
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Q.1 Which temple in Kerala became India’s first to induct a robotic elephant for ritual duties?
a. Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple 
b. Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple
c. Irinjadappilly Sree Krishna Temple 
d. Padmanabhaswamy Temple
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