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Royal Wedding at Mysore Palace, ‘King’ Yaduveer Ties Knot with Rajasthan Royalty

Royal Wedding of Mysuru Prince Yaduveer Chamaraja Krishnadatta Wadiyar  With Rajasthan Princess Trishika Kumari .

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Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, 24, marries Trishika Kumari, who is from the Royal family of Dungarpur in Rajasthan.

Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, 24, marries Trishika Kumari, who is from the Royal family of Dungarpur in Rajasthan.

The titular head of the Wodeyar dynasty of Mysore, Yaduveer Chamraja Krishnadatta Wodeyar, tied the knot with Trishika Kumari in a traditional ceremony this morning.

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The iconic Amba Vilas Palace in Mysuru all decked up for the royal wedding of Wadiyar family scion Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wodeyar held in the moring , 27 june 2016

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It was a royal wedding after four decades and the royal palace of Mysore was all decked up for the wedding that everybody had been waiting for.

Boston-educated Yaduveer, 24, tied the knot with Trishika Kumari Singh at Kalyana Mantapa in the palace this morning during the auspicious Karkataka lagna.

Trishika is the daughter of Harshvardhan Singh and Maheshri Kumari from the Dungarpur royal family in Rajasthan.

Marriage rituals have been underway since yesterday with the stamp of royal traditions.

The rituals began with Yaduveer performing ‘pada puja’ to ‘Rajaguru’ Bramhatantra Parakala mutt seer Abhinava Vageesha Brahmatantra Swatantra Swami.

In a traditional ceremony on May 28 last year, Yaduveer was crowned as the titular head of the erstwhile Mysuru royal family. During Dasara he had ascended the golden throne to preside over the ‘khasa (private) durbar’, which is reminiscent of the bygone era.

About 1,000 invited guests witnessed the marriage ceremonies which will be officiated by a battery of priests. Among those invited include top politicians, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and his Cabinet colleagues, diplomats from consulates of several countries, erstwhile royal families from across the country.

Over 80 royal families and a thousand dignitaries from India and Abroad have been invited for the wedding. As many as 50 traditional rituals have been planned.

The royal Mysore wedding was indeed a grand celebration

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The wedding ceremony held at the ‘Kalyana Mantapa’ of the Amba Vilas Palace.

 




 

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Mysore kings known as Wadiyars ruled present day Southern Karnataka for over 550 years.

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Maharani Pramoda Devi, who is Yaduveer’s mother, was very particular that the wedding ceremonies took place according to the wedding customs, so we were happy to see our traditions being followed step-by-step. Every puja was in accordance with the scriptures and the tradition of the Mysore royal family.  Even the wedding dress worn by Yaduveer has been specially designed by Her Highness Pramoda Devi,” said M Lakshminarayana, Secretary to the Mysore palace.

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Yaduveer is the grandson of princess Gayathri Devi–eldest sister of Srikantadatta and eldest daughter of the last reigning maharaja, Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar. The bride, Trishika Kumari, was engaged to Yaduveer Wodeyar in June last year. She belongs to the royal family of Dungarpur and is the second daughter of Maharaj Kumar Harshavardhan Singh and Rajkumari Maheshri Kumari.

The beautiful bride, Trishika Kumari Singh.

The beautiful bride, Trishika Kumari Singh.

Yaduveer tied the nuptial knot with Trishika Kumari Singh at an auspicious time called the ‘karkataka lagna’ and ‘savitra’ muhurtha. The time of the wedding was between 9.05 am and 9.35 am and was held in the special marriage hall or ‘Kalyana Mantapa’ of the palace.

“It is all about our customs and how we preserve our heritage,” said one of the royal invitees. The four-day ceremony included a special puja before the bride entered the palace, and later traditional South-Indian customs were also conducted, such as the pada puja and kashi yatra before the main wedding ceremony was held.

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 It was in 1976 that the then titular prince Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar married Pramoda.

“I have witnessed the wedding of our Highness Srikanta Datta Narasimha Raja Wodeyar. It was the most grandiose wedding; the whole of Mysore was celebrating. This too is like that, with all the traditional forms of our culture in the ceremonies that are being held,” said another royal invitee.

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On June 28, a special reception will be held for all the invited guests from across the country. After which, on June 29, the couple will step out and meet and greet the people of Mysore. The royal Wodeyar palace in Bangalore too will host a reception on July 2.

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Yaduveer Wadiyar with Mysore's queen Pramoda Devi.

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Yaduveer Wadiyar with Mysore’s queen Pramoda Devi.

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aduveer Wadiyar's procession at the Mysore Palace.

aduveer Wadiyar’s procession at the Mysore Palace.

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On June 28, a special reception will be held for all the invited guests from across the country. After which, on June 29, the couple will step out and meet and greet the people of Mysore. The royal Wodeyar palace in Bangalore too will host a reception on July 2

Yaduveer was engaged to Trishika much before his adoption as scion to royal family.

Pramoda Devi Wodeyar, widow of Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar, the last descendant of Wodeyar dynasty, formally adopted Yaduveer Gopal Raj Urs in February last year, as the couple had no children. After the adoption, he was rechristened as Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wodeyar.

Yaduveer, now the 27th “King” of Wodeyar dynasty has completed his BA in Economics and English at Boston University in the US and is the grandson of Princess Gayatri Devi, the eldest daughter of the last Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar.

The Wodeyar dynasty ruled the Kingdom of Mysuru from 1399 to 1947, the last king being Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar, who ruled from 1940 until Indian independence in 1947 when he acceded his kingdom to the dominion of India, but continued as the Maharaja until India became a Republic in 1950.

People in old Mysuru region of Karnataka still revere Wodeyar rulers for their contribution to society that includes construction of KRS dam across river Cauvery and establishment of industries and educational institutions.

An old photo of the Mysore royal family from Yaduveer Wadiyar's childhood.

An old photo of the Mysore royal family from Yaduveer Wadiyar’s childhood.

 

 




 

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