Six persons, including two women, died and four others were injured on Thursday when lightning struck them in Mysuru, said police.
"The incident occurred around 2 p.m. when a 10 member group rushed to take shelter under a tree near the temple in Hunaswadi village due to heavy rain and thunderstorm," Mysuru's Superintendent of Police Ravi Channanavar told IANS over phone.
The village in Periyapatna local body is about 40 km from Mysuru city.
"Of the victims, two women and two elderly men died instantaneously at the spot while the other two (youth) died at a government hospital in Periyapatna after they were admitted with burns," said Channanavar.
According to a met official, lightning strikes animals and humans when they are mostly under a tree or shelter due to electrical conductivity and earthing.
"The victims, who belong to the shepherd community, were in a farm field tending to their cattle grazing during the afternoon when the downpour began and lightning struck," added Channanavar.
Moderate to heavy rains occurred throughout the day in the region due to an upper air circulation and formation of cyclone in the Bay of Bengal.
This is the second instance in the past two weeks, of a lightning strike claiming lives in Karnataka.
On September 28, heavy rain had lashed several parts of Karnataka claiming the lives of at least seven people.
In Yadagiri districtâ€™s Goudigere village, three children died after lightning struck them.
Another death occurred in the same districtâ€™s Yenne Vadahera village when 30-year-old Nagappa Hosanavar succumbed after lightning struck him.
In Gadag districtâ€™s Naragund, 45-year-old Basavannappa was digging an outlet for the rainwater outside his house to prevent flooding, when he was electrocuted by an electric wire, which fell on him.