Wadiyar's heir can be selected from 13 families

At times this norm was broken, point historical events

Following the death of scion of Mysore royal family Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar on December 10, a lot has been spoken about who is going to be chosen as the successor. Since Srikantadatta and his wife Parmoda Devi did not have any children, the family has to select the heir among five nephews of Wadiyar (sons of his sisters).

However, what has generated the curiosity especially among the Ursu community to which the Wadiyar belongs to, is about the preset criterion set by the 14th ruler of erstwhile Mysore Chikkadevaraja Wadiyar (period of reign 1673 to 1704).

Historian P V Nanjaraj Urs who has authored a book on the erstwhile Wadiyars titled ‘Mysooru Noorinnooru Varshagala Hinde’ told Deccan Herald, Chikkadevaraja Wadiyar enacted a rule resolving that only 13 families from Ursu community considered ‘VVIPs in their parlance’ should ascend the throne. While brides (only in the case of second marriage) shall be from the remaining 18 families, but commoners in rank. If there was no heir among the blood relatives it should be from a close relative.

However when Hyder Ali was the defacto ruler with Wadiyar’s being the name sake king, tragedy struck the royalty. Three kings died in a short period of time for unknown reasons. At that time the then ‘Rajamaathe’ (Queen mother) Lakshammanni hand picked three boys from her clan to decorate the throne, which had angered Hyder. Instead, Hyder preferred to hold a competition to select the potential heir. He summoned all the boys and youths from 31 Ursu families (including VVIPs and commoners). A boy who fit the bill would ascend the throne and he would be rechristened Khasa Chamaraja Wadiyar. Continuing, Chamaraja Wadiyar Tenth, again an outsider and born in Chamarajanagar succeeded Mummadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar. Chamaraja Wadiyar Tenth however was one among the 13 families, having the right to throne.

Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar, the most celebrated king among Wadiyar’s selected his nephew (younger brother Kanteerava Narasimharaja Wadiyar’s son Jayachamaraja Wadiyar, a blood relative. 

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