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Astonishing Fact Behind the 1000 Rupees Note
How many of us know that the elephant printed with a man wearing a
cap near it, appearing on the 1,000/- rupees notes, has an astonishing
story behind it?

Every one of us familiar with the Rupees 1000/- notes for its size,
colour and so on, will not know about the factual story of the elephant
and the man with the cap near it, printed on the 1000/- rupees notes
that are now in circulation in SriLanka.

Can anyone imagine that the elephant and the man wearing a cap near it
are from the eastern province, and the man is a Muslim? Yes, they are
from the eastern province. The man is Umar Lebbai Panicker from Eravur
in the Batticaloa district and the tusker in the note was caught in
1925 in the Eravur forest and reared by him.

It is said Umar Lebbai Panicker presented this tusker to Dalada
Maligawa and within a short period, it escaped from there, and went in
search of him to Eravur. He brought it back again and handed over to
the Dalada Maligawa.

His Excellency President late J.R. Jayawardene in order to honour the
long services of the tusker, had declared it as a national asset in
1984. This tusker named as Raja adored the Esala Perehera processions
in Kandy and thus became national fame and honoured nationally.

After this, the government in power then, decided to honour the person
who presented this elephant, to the Dalada Maligawa, by printing the picture of
him, with the tusker nearby, on the notes of rupees 1000/- and the
village Eravur was thus honoured by this action.

The tusker Raja that served in Dalada Maligawa and brought fame and
honour not only for itself, but also to the person who presented it, to the
Dalada Maligawa, and the village Eravur, finally died on July 15, 1988
after serving 50 years in the Maligawa.

"Panicker "is a name given to people who catch elephants in the
forest, rear them and sell to people involved in business,
transporting or carrying very heavy materials and things. Their
decedents are still identified as "Panicker Thaththi" or "Panicker
Kathara"in Eravur. There is a road in Eravur known as 'Panicker Veedy'
named after their name.

6 comments:

உருத்திரா said...

Today, I know this Story.Thank you for the information.

Abhaya Nath said...

හරිම වැදගත් තොරතුරු ටිකක්........... ස්තූතියි ඒවා දුන්නාට

எம்.ரிஷான் ஷெரீப் said...

Dear உருத்திரா,
Thanks for your visit & comment friend !

எம்.ரிஷான் ஷெரீப் said...

Abhaya Nath,
ස්තුතිය් මිතුරා :-)

Totally Fake said...

//it escaped from there, and went in
search of him to Eravur.//

It is not accepted. if any elephant left from the Daladha mailigawa, elephant keeper should know it.

Firstly, when the elephant was going through the street, people must noticed. Secondly, if the elephant left from Daladha, it will take several days to reach Eravur. so people must see it and inform to police or some authorities.

It's totally unaccepted story in http://www.lankanewspapers.com/news/2009/2/39994_space.html

பஸ்பன் said...

"Panicker" எனும் பெயர் தென்னிந்தியாவில் வழங்கப்படும், குறிப்பாக கேராளவில் வழங்கப்படும் பெயர் மரபாகும்.

உலகில் தென்னிந்தியர்களே யாணை பிடித்து அதற்கு பயிற்சியளித்து வேலைகளை பெற்றனர். கோயில்களிலும் யாணை ஊர்வலங்கள் நடத்தினர். அவ்வாறே தென்னிந்தியாவில் இருந்து கண்டியை ஆட்சி செய்த காலங்களிலேயே கண்டி இராஜதானியில் ஊர்வலங்களில் யாணை பவனி அறிமுகமாகின. இலங்கையில் கடைசி மன்னனும் விக்ரமராஜசிங்கன் என்பதும் இங்கே குறிப்பிடத்தக்கது.