23-year-old crowned maharaja of Indian royal dynasty

By AFP
Published: May 28, 2015
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Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wodeyar. PHOTO COURTESY: FACEBOOK

Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wodeyar. PHOTO COURTESY: FACEBOOK

NEW DELHI: A 23-year-old economics graduate was crowned Thursday maharaja of a centuries-old royal family in southern India in an elaborate ceremony involving 40 priests and attended by 1,000 well-heeled guests.

At 15 temples spread throughout opulent palace grounds in the city of Mysore, Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wodeyar was inducted as the 27th head of the Wodeyar dynasty which once ruled swathes of southern India in a two day event.

Wodeyar, a recent economics and English graduate from Boston University, succeeded Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar who died in 2013 of a heart attack.

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Srikantadatta was childless and did not name an heir but his widow Pramoda Devi adopted the young Wodeyar, a relative, at a ceremony in February.

“My role here is ensuring that heritage, our heritage, remains alive,” Wodeyar told the NDTV news channel as photos and footage showed him wearing a large gold headpiece studded with gems while seated on a throne adorned with flowers.

“It is also… fulfilling our contribution to the people in the state,” he said.

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The Wodeyar dynasty ruled over what was then Mysore state for nearly six centuries and was known for its progressive rule of social reforms.

India’s maharajas once ruled over around 100 million people across 565 princely states.

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But they lost their powers when India gained independence in 1947 although they are still wealthy and many are revered by their local populations.

Wodeyar will now be custodian of the sprawling Mysore and Bangalore palaces and acres of land spread across Karnataka state.

The Mysore palace, the seat of the kingdom and known for its mix of stained glass, mirrors, solid silver doors, marble floors and mahogany carvings, has become a tourist attraction.

It is lit up at night on public holidays and Sundays by nearly 100,000 light bulbs, according to the palace’s website.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Azi
    May 28, 2015 - 8:19PM

    Spend millions here and on weapons never to be actually used so 1500 and counting can keep on dying in the heat wave. All Indians need is imaginary scenarios to please the populace as the poisonous politicians win their hearts while every one forgets the average folks.Recommend

  • just_someone
    May 28, 2015 - 9:59PM

    India will always stay third world, because of things like this!Recommend

  • May 28, 2015 - 10:55PM

    @Azi:
    even I was thinking, in my state 1700 have died. nobody is bothered.Recommend

  • Santosh
    May 29, 2015 - 12:08AM

    @Azi:
    What rich people spend their money on is up to them – that’s the whole point of “private” property.
    Most Indians couldn’t care less for this fancy-dress boy and ignored the news. Fact that ET chose to cover this rather than all of the other happenings around the world, speaks only to the ET obsession with rich & famous.Recommend

  • Yasir Jamal
    May 29, 2015 - 1:57AM

    All those criticizing India, ooh, in Pakistan All is Well? Everyone has their job secured, good means of earnings, no target killings, no sectarian violence, peace and harmony, unity and discipline.. oh Pakistan is a model country where government spends money on Education .. yaadi yada yaaada Recommend

  • PAKI
    May 29, 2015 - 2:30AM

    @Azi: its internal matter of india and why we pakistani concern about indians? and one more question atleast for heatwave they know how many ppl died, do we really know how many died in pakistan?
    yeah we know howmany bomb blast daily and how many died, in india they die to to natural calamities but here we die due to terrorism

    we have to put our house in order then comment others, Recommend

  • PAKI
    May 29, 2015 - 2:31AM

    @just_someone:
    atleast they will be thirdworld country, soon we will be isis stateRecommend

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