Arjuna, the majestic elephant known for carrying the ‘Golden Howdah’ during the Mysuru Dasara for eight years, died during an operation to capture a wild tusker in Hassan district. The incident occurred near Yeslur village when forest officials used Arjuna and three other elephants for the operation.
Mysuru Dasara Elephant Arjuna dies in operation to capture wild tusker:
- Arjuna, the renowned Dasara elephant, died during an operation to capture a wild tusker in Hassan district.
- Forest officials used Arjuna and three other elephants for the operation due to the wild tusker’s destruction of fields in the area.
- The wild elephant attacked Arjuna when officials attempted to tranquilize it, resulting in fatal injuries.
- Arjuna carried the ‘Golden Howdah’ for eight years during the Mysuru Dasara and participated in the festivities for a total of 22 years.
- The 64-year-old elephant was captured in 1968 and lived in the Balle Elephant Camp after being tamed.
- Arjuna’s death marks the end of an era, and he will be remembered for his significant role in the Mysuru Dasara celebrations.
The wild tusker attacked Arjuna during the process, resulting in fatal injuries. Arjuna participated in the Mysuru Dasara for 22 years, captivating audiences during the nine-day festivities. The 64-year-old elephant was captured in 1968 and had become a symbol of the grand event.