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Published on : Friday, May 29, 2015
The lofty and elaborate palace that boasts of a 600 year old Wadiyar dynasty in southern India went through a coronation ceremony of the 23 year old economic graduate from the University of Massachusetts, Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar.
The rightful heir to the throne was adopted by the late Pramodadevi Wadiyar widow of Srikantadatta Wadiyar, who died in December 2013. The couple were left childless after a curse spelled upon the dynasty by the Rani Alamelamma, who it is believed, in order to preserve her honour jumped in the torrents of Cauvery and cursed the dynasty of a childless fate in 1610 AD.
The ceremony attracted thousands of visitors from all sections of the society. About 40 priests across 15 temples conducted the proceedings in the sprawling grounds of the Mysore palace.
The ceremony was of the grandest nature and even though people from all over the city attended the ceremony it was mostly a grand function of the royal family.
The new Maharaja is now the custodian of more than 1,500 acres of land spread across Mysore, Bangalore, Hassan, Channapatna and other places in the southern state of Karnataka. The Wadiyar dynasty though has lost all its power after the independence of India in 1947, has still some influence over the prevailing society owing to the wealth that the family holds.
The Mysore Royals are known for the developmental work in their state and are much revered and respected by their people who still hail them as their kings. For tourists the rich tradition and culture that the dynasty maintains is showcased in its opulent palace. The city attracts sizable domestic and international visitation.