Continuing the Wadiyar’s tradition, the adopted heir to the symbolic throne Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar became Maharaja following the death of Srikantadatta Narsimharaja Wadiyar in December 2013.
He was crowned in a typical traditional attire and style in a ceremony at the Amba Vilas Palace in Mysore on Thursday, which is mostly a private affair as Maharaja system was abolished way back in 1969.
For the record, the coronation was held at 9.40 am amid the chanting of the hymns and showering of petals. Wearing a golden “patta” inscribed with the history of the Wadiyars or the Yadu-vamsha in Sanskrit, with a carving of Goddess Chamundeshwari, their family deity and embellished with Bhagavad Gita shlokas, the ceremony resembled any such event in epic films.
Later, Yaduveer visited temples and attended the homas – Rama Taraka homa, Lakshmi Narayana home, Uma Maheshwara homa and Narasimha homa. The silver throne was removed from the chest every year for Dussehra but this is first time in 41 years that it was taken out for coronation.
Yaduveer, 23, is the grandson of Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, wife of Srikantadatta Wadiyar who passed away in December 2013. He is the grandson of Princess Gayathri Devi, the eldest daughter of the last Maharaja of Mysore Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar.
His biological parents are Tripura Sundari Devi and Swarup Anand Gopal Raj Urs and he is scheduled to marry Trishika Kumari soon. He studied in Vidya Niketan School in Bangalore, Plus 2 at the Canadian International School, Bangalore, and then moved to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for graduation.
Former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, Minister for Tourism R.V. Deshpande, Revenue Minister V. Srinivas Prasad, former cricketer Brijesh Patel and some royal family members and officials were present at the occasion.