Gaiety marks Nalwadi's 130th birth anniversary

Gaiety marks Nalwadi's 130th birth anniversary

Revenue and District in-charge Minister V Sreenivas Prasad on Wednesday sang paeans of Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar, the 24th erstwhile ruler of Mysore.

Addressing the gathering at Maharaja’s College Centenary Hall on account of 130th birth anniversary celebrations of the late maharaja, organised by the district administration in association with Mysore City Corporation (MCC) and Arasu Mandali, Prasad recounted the contributions of Wadiyar to modern Mysore.

Prasad said from generating hydel power (at Shimsha) to constructing Krishnaraja Sagar Reservoir (KRS) across river Cauvery at Srirarangapatna taluk, and constituting the Millers Commission for the welfare of Dalits and downtrodden, Wadiyar had many other yeoman services to his credit setting an example as a king.

It was due to the benevolent nature of Wadiyar’s in general, Yadu dynasty was the most adored among the royal families that ruled in India.

Prasad said that it was such great qualities in a ruler that had inspired Mahatma Gandhi to hail Nalwadi as a ‘Rajarshi’ (Saint King).

Reiterating that the government was committed towards further development of heritage city Mysore by allocating adequate funds in the recent budget, Prasad reaffirmed the plans to install the statue of Jayachamaraja Wadiyar the 25th and last ruler of Yadu dynasty.

Secretary of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) State N Mahesh renewed the party’s demand to name the Mysore Airport at Mandakalli and the University of Mysore after the late Maharaja.

sions were taken out from two different venues in the city to mark the occasion.

Prasad offered floral tributes to the lifesize portrait of Nalwadi kept on a chariot within the Palace precincts. 

The procession exited through Balarama gate of the Palace and reached the centenary hall via K R Circle and JLB road.

Various cultural troupes flanked by the mounted police added colour to the procession. The police band performed on the palace premises setting the mood for the day.

Dignitaries also offered floral tributes to the bust of Maharaja in front of Palace Board.
Arasu Mandali, an association of Ursu families, took out a separate procession from their office premises on Thyagaraja road in Agrahara.

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