Untold Secrets of the Mysuru Royal Family
Bengaluru, May 28: Anointed as the 27th king of Mysore, Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar has many responsibilities.
But, the most important role that he has to play is to preserve the history of the family and respect their privacy, some of which are not known to many. [Pics: Who is Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar?]
So, here are some of the well-preserved secrets of the royal family of Mysore:
The Royal Tutor: Meet Nanjaraja Urs (70), a HIndi professor and a very close relative of the Wadiyar family. He not only taught Hindi to the Royal couple, but was also instrumental in their marriage. He has the lone privilege of calling the king by his name, while others had to address him as 'your highness' or 'Mahaswamy' or 'Buddi'.
"They seek my advice, and they are as obedient as when they were in the classroom," said Urs.
Marriage: Urs also played the role of a match-maker as there was a hitch in the marriage of Maharaja and Maharani. Pramoda Devi, a Mysorean and a relative of the Royal family was hesitant marrying Srikanta Datta, the prince; although the latter was interested in the alliance.
Pramoda Devi was considered the best match for him as she could preserve the interest of the palace. However, she was hesitant because of the curse running in the family, according to which Mysore Wodeyars will not have children.
The Love angle: Very few know that Srikanta Datta was in love with a hotelier's sister-in-law. However, the royal family was blackmailed by the girl into getting her married with the prince. A source close to tutor Urs intervened and convinced the girl to hand over the letters ans leave Mysore forever. The prince was then married off to Pramoda Devi.
According to a legend, Alamelamma, who was the wife of a chieftain of Srirangapatna, had cursed the Mysore kings that they would never bear children. In the early 18th century, Raja Wodeyar is said to have harassed Alamelamma and her husband for jewels that were used to decorate the deity of the famous Adi-Ranga temple in the island fortress of Srirangapatna. The emissaries sent by Raja Wodeyar get the jewels tirned out to be a curse. Alamelamma returned some of the jewels to the army and uttered the legendary curse on the king and jumped into the whirlpool.
The Palace show: Urs, a loyal employee of the family, shelved a light and sound show when he came to know that it would be presented eveyday with a distorted history. He spoke to the scion and permanently stopped the show.
Fetish for cars: King Srikanta Datta Wodeyar had a fetish for luxurious cars and has 15 of them. Interestingly, he ensured that all of them were numbered by his birth year-1953. His collection has five BMWs, he bought a BMW 7 series, that cost Rs 1.4 crore. He liked taking long drives with his wife.