Pics: Who is Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar? Know all about his coronation ceremony

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On Thursday, May 28, the royal family of Mysuru is going to crown its new heir- Maharaja Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, in a symbolic grand ceremony of his coronation at Amba Vilas Palace.

23-year-old scion of Mysuru is the 27th Prince of Mysuru. After over a year-long hiatus, he was formally adopted by Queen Pramoda Devi, widow of the last scion Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, as her son on Monday, Feb 23, 2015.

His adoption ceremony was a private affair and family members and friends of the royal family attended the ceremony.

The Coronation ceremony

As per The Hindu report, the 2-day coronation ceremony will begin between 9.30 am and 10.30 am at the Kalyana Mantap inside the palace on Wednesday, May 27. [Mysuru: Wadiyars adopt its heir Yaduveer Raj Urs in a royal way]

Over 1,000 special guests, including royal family members, close family relatives and friends, are expected to witness the coronation.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and his cabinet colleagues are also expected to attend the ceremony.

Tourists will be allowed between 10 am and 1 pm on May 26 while entry is banned on May 27 and 28.

Soon after his coronation ceremony, he will ascend on silver throne (Bhadrasana). He, along with his biological parents and close family members, will visit around ten temples to seek God's blessings.

During the ceremony, Yaduveer will be named as the king and handed over the royal sword and royal seals to symbolically appoint him as the maharaja.

On the evening of May 28, a reception will also be held at 6.30 pm. Yaduveer will make his first public appearance, as the Maharaja of Mysuru from the balcony of Palace and will greet people.

A procession in a silver chariot is also likely to be held. Later, uppanayana (thread ceremony) will take place, where he will ascend the historic golden throne. [Mysuru's Royal family has a new heir in Yaduveer Gopal Raj Urs]

Let's know some rarely known facts about Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar:

Yaduveer: The new crown Prince of royal city Mysuru

Born on March 24, 1992 as Yaduveer Gopalraj Urs in Bangalore, he is the only son of Swarup Anand Gopalaraj Urs and Rajakumari Tripurasundari Devi.

He is the grandson of Princess Gayathri Devi who is the eldest daughter of the last Maharaja of Mysuru Sri Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar.

He completed his schooling from Bengaluru, pursued his graduation in B.A. in Economics and English from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. His younger sister Jayathmika Lakshmi, s presently studying in England.

His name for adoption was chosen over Kantharaj Urs, who performed the last rites of late Srikantadatta Narisimharaja Wadiyar.

Yaduveer returned from US to Mysuru on May 15.

 

Personal life

As per a report published in Deccan Chronicle, Yaduveer's fiancée is Thrishika Kumari, younger daughter of Yuvaraja of Dungarpur Harshvardhan Singh Bahadur and Maheshree Kumari.

Thrishika's father hails from a prominent royal family in Rajasthan while her mother belongs to the royal family from Andhra Pradesh.

She was dressed in a pink saree during the adoption ceremony of Yaduveer. She is reported to be a close relative of the Union Minister for Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju.

Both of them got engaged in May 2013. They are set to get married later this year in Mysuru Palace, after Dasara celebrations.

 

Yaduveer keen on developing Mysuru

In an interview to TOI, Yaduveer had said, "My primary responsibility will be to preserve and enrich the history and heritage of the Wadiyars. This will involve performing many religious rituals and cultural customs that have been handed down over the past 600 years. I also wish to showcase the glorious past of the Wadiyars, their achievements, their struggles, the art they patronized, the splendor of their court, and their contribution to the old Mysuru region".

Yaduveer wants to promote Mysuru tourism

In an interview to a leading daily, Yaduveer said, "Late maharaja Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar promoted tourism, which I plan to continue. I need some time."

Calling it a new chapter of his life, Yaduveer said, "I'm quite delighted as the Wadiyar dynasty has focused on the welfare of society down the ages."

He is also planning to go to the US to pursue his post graduation.

 

Yaduveer: A fitness freak

The royal scion wakes up around 5.30 am and his fitness regime includes his daily morning routine of jogging followed by skipping, some exercises and meditation.

In evening, he goes for cycling in the sprawling palace premises.

He performs puja and read newspapers before taking his traditional vegetarian breakfast. In lunch, he usually takes rice and sambar or dal and chapati. He is also of eating mangoes.

His favourite dish is the biryani from the Mysore Sports Club. He has a keen interest in sports. By 10.30 pm, he goes to bed.

Naturewise, he is said to be polite, humble and quite reserved, who doesn't talk much.

 

Pramoda Devi believes Yaduveer

She believes that Yaduveer is capable of continuing palace traditions and also taking up the legal disputes of palace property with the state government.

Royal Wodeyar dynasty of Mysuru

Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar, the last descendant of the Wodeyar dynasty, died of cardiac arrest at a private hospital in Bengaluru on December 10, 2013. Pramoda Devi's nephew Chaduranga Kantharaj Urs performed his last rites.

The Wodeyar dynasty ruled the Kingdom of Mysore 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.

 

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