Historic throne, cynosure of all eyes

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Mysore, Sep 21 (UNI) Two golden masterpiecs a throne and a howdah with a history of their own, will be the cynsoure of all eyes during the world famous Dasara festivities beginning here from September 30.

This religious event, which marks the beginning of the festive fervour that concludes with 'Vijyadashami on October 9, has a history dating back to several centuries.

Apart from the state sponsored ''Dasara'' festivities, the last scion of the Wadiyar dynasty, Mr Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, continues to maintain the tradtional link in the observance of religious chores as per the injunctions laid down in various texts, although in private.

Historical records reveal that after the fall of the Vijyanagara empire, the Nayakas of Keladi and Ikkeri and the Wadiyars of Mysore continued the traditional celebration of the festival.

Monarchs might have no relevance in the democratic set up, but the throne, which chanaged hands over centuries through different kingdoms, is still, watched in awe as it dates back to several centuries.

The golden throne belonged to the Pandavas of the epic Mahabharat. Historical texts state that in 1338, the Raja Guru of the Vijyanagar empire, Vidyanarya, helped Harihara the first, one of the founders of the Vijayanagara kingdom, to retrieve the throne. Later, it was also used by subsquent rulers of the empire for more then a century.

In 1609, the ailing Governor. Srinarya, handed over the throne to Raja Wadiyar before retiring to Talkadu near Mysore. Raja Wadiyar asended the throne in 1610, marking the commencement of observance of Dasara festivities in this part of the region.

The throne was recoverd from a room in Tippu Sultan's palace at Srirangapattana after his fall. It was then used in the coronation of Raja Wadiyar III in 1799 and since then it remained with the Wadiyar's family.

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