The deaths cast a shadow on the Dasara celebrations and Vijayadashmi rituals conducted by the family on Friday.
The Dasara festival that was inaugurated on October 10 by Infosys Foundation chairperson and writer Sudha Murty atop Chamundi Hills has brought lakhs of people to the city.
About 1.2 lakh devotees had darshan of Goddess Kanaka Durga adorned as Annapurna Devi on the sixth day of the ongoing Dasara celebrations atop Indrakeeladri on Monday.
Channabasappa told Express that he spoke to the commissioner for only two minutes and suggested Dasara be held on a grand note as there is lukewarm response to the celebration.
The devotees turnout crossed two lakh by Sunday evening. It is likely to touch 2.5 lakh by night, officials said.
The world-famous Mysuru Dasara attracts lakhs of people from across the globe, but it is undoubtedly the Jamboo Savari procession, which adds to the allure of the entire festivity.
She also asserted that devasthanam has made elaborate arrangements to ensure hassle-free darshan for devotees visiting the temple from various parts of the country.
On the third day of Dasara celebrations on Friday, a large number of devotees thronged Kanaka Durga temple here to have darshan of Goddess Kanaka Durga in Gayatri Devi alankaram.
There was another unpalatable incident of devotees raising objection to some police personnel performing duties wearing shoes on the temple premises.
The 45-year-old elephant was hit by a private bus at around 2 am on Monday. The elephant was to supposed to leave for Mysuru in two days for Dasara celebrations.