Legendary 'Machhli' passes away-cremated with Hindu rituals'Machhli' is no more. The legendary Ranthamvore tigress, which was the most-photographed tigress of the world, died due to various complications related to old-age. She was 19 (it must be remembered that the average life-span of a tiger/tigress is 15-16 years). Machhli, designated as T-16, was also known as "lady of the lake" because she could be found mostly around the local water body. However, that was not the reason why she was named Machhli, which means "fish" in Hindi. She got the name because some marks on her face which resembled that of a fish. Machhli's legendary fight with a 14-foot-long crocodile created a history and it was the first time such an encounter was recorded and filmed.
The famous tigress was later cremated with the observance of Hindu rituals.