Palace decked up for Yaduveer's coronation

To be anointed as the 27th titular Wadiyar king on May 28

Preparations have begun at Amba Vilas Palace for the coronation of Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar as the 27th titular king of Yadu dynasty on May 28. The event, spread over two days from May 27, is expected to be attended by over 1,500 members of royal families from across the country.

On May 28, between 9.30 am and 10.30 am, Yaduveer will be anointed as the king at Kalyanamantapa, amidst rituals associated with the ceremony. A specially decorated mantapa has been erected for the purpose at Kalyanamantapa, an imposing hall inside the Palace.

Yaduveer will be seated on a ‘silver throne’ and handed over the ‘pattada kaththi’ (sword). While, the new king is expected to ascend the golden throne only during khasagi durbar (private durbar) as a part of Navaratri celebrations, that was conducted by Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, till his death in December 2013.

Following the coronation, the Palace will be specially illuminated on the same evening, 6 onwards. Yaduveer will be later taken in a procession on a silver chariot pulled by bullock carts to enable the people to have a glimpse of the new king.

On Sunday, an invitation was extended to around 40 priests on the palace roll, who will be performing  the rituals. Yaduveer returned to the Palace recently, after graduating in English and Economics at Boston, the USA.

Palace closed
According to the office of director of palace board, on May 26, the visitors will be allowed to the palace between 10 am and 1 pm. The palace will be closed for the visitors for two days on May 27 and 28.

Adoption
It is a second such big event in the erstwhile royal family after Yaduveer Gopal Raj Urs was adopted by Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, in February. As the royal scion, the late Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar and Pramoda Devi couple was issueless, the latter decided to adopt Yaduveer as the heir, following Wadiyar’s death. He was rechristened Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar.

Like the immediate erstwhile rulers, Yaduveer belongs to the ‘Bettada Kote’ family. Beginning from Mummadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar, to Chamaraja Wadiyar Ten, his son Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar and Nalwadi’s nephew Jayachamaraja Wadiyar, the 25th and last ruler of erstwhile princely state of Mysore, all have roots in ‘Bettada Kote’. Srikantadatta Wadiyar, son of Jayachamaraja Wadiyar was the 26th titular king.

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