Mysore greets its new king
Mysore, the heritage and cultural capital of Karnataka, which is also known as the “city of palaces” greeted its new king for whom the crowning ceremony was held on Thursday.
Massive preparations were done for the coronation of the erstwhile royal family’s new heir Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wodeyar who will serve as 27th king of Mysore.
The coronation ceremony was held at Amba Vilas Palace, about 150 kms away from Bangaluru. Due to security reasons, the palace is out of bounds for the visitors till Friday.
The 23-year-old prince was crowned between the auspicious time of 9.25-10.38 am in Darbar Hall of the palace. The royal ceremony took place in the presence of his parents, relatives, special invitees and queen Pramoda Devi, who adopted him on February 23, 2015.
As per the traditions followed by the royal family, Yaduveer visited Lord Ganesha’s temple which is situated in palace premises and performed all the rituals, chanted hymns around the scared fire.
Around 40 priests conducted the coronation ceremony at ‘akalyana mantap’ in the Darbar Hall. Special prayers to seek blessings of Hindu gods and goddesses were held at 16 temples in the Palace premises.
Queen Pramoda Devi escorted the young prince towards the throne for his crowning. The ceremony was held in the presence of about 1,200 members of the royal family from across the country and overseas, besides other dignitaries, including state Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, cabinet ministers, lawmakers and special invitees.
Yaduveer will be taken around the illuminated palace after the coronation, astride a decorated elephant Balarama. He will greet the people from balcony of the palace, as the new King.
Pramoda Devi, widow of Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar, adopted Yaduveer in February 2015, as the couple had no children. Srikantadatta passed away in Bengaluru on December 8, 2013 at the age of 60.
Yaduveer, a son of Tripura Sundara Devi and Swarup Anand Gopal Raj Urs, is the grandson of late princess Gayathri Devi, the eldest sister of Srikantadatta and eldest daughter of the last maharaja (king) Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar.
He has pursued a degree course in English and Economics from Boston in the US.
According to old beliefs, Raja Wodeyar, founder of the present dynasty, was cursed by Rani Alamelamma in 1610 that “the kings of Mysore will suffer the pangs of childlessness.” Since then, every alternate generation of the Wodeyars face problem in choosing heirs.
Wodeyars are considered to be one of the richest royals in the country. They possess huge immovable and movable assets. The royal palaces located in Bengaluru and Mysore are valued at crore of rupees.