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The royal Mysore wedding was indeed a grand celebration

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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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. The titular head of the Wodeyar dynasty, Yaduveer Chamraja Krishnadatta Wodeyar, married Trishika Kumari from the erstwhile Dungarpur dynasty of Rajasthan.

Amidst Vedic chants and traditional customs, the royal wedding culminated on Monday, June 27.

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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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The 23-year-old was made the 27th titular head of the Mysore Wodeyar family last year in May in a grand coronation ceremony.

According to legend, no king of Mysore can have a son born to him succeed him to the throne. In accordance to the same, after the death of Srikanta Datta Narasimha Raja Wodeyar, Yaduveer was adopted by the royal family as the successor in a special ceremony. His adoption ceremony took place on February 23, 2015, and later, he was crowned as the 27th maharaja on May 28, 2015.

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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.

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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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