People cheer at the sight of their maharaja

‘Kayao Sri Gowri Karuna Lahari...’ the State anthem of the erstwhile princely state of Mysuru was played, soon after the 27th ruler, Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, ascended ‘bhadrasana’, the silver throne at the durbar hall of the Amba Vilas Palace, here, on Thursday.

The English Band of the State police played the State anthem, keeping with the tradition of Wadiyars. As is the tradition, the State anthem composed by Pandit Basappa Shastry is played on rare occasions, especially at the Palace during the entry and exit of the Maharaja.

No sooner Yaduveer stepped on the throne as a part of the public reception, the people gathered in large numbers — both inside and outside the durbar hall facing Jayamarthanda Gate — applauded, with their maharaja responding to them with a salute.

Though the reception was delayed by close to two hours, as Yaduveer came to the durbar hall at 8.20 pm against the scheduled 6.30 pm, it didnt’ dampen the spirit of the gathering, who cheered at the sight of their new ‘king’.

LED screens
Four LED screens, two inside the durbar hall and two outside, had been erected for the benefit of the gathering to get a closer view of the proceedings.

Yaduveer visited eight temples within the Palace precincts, after visiting the abode of presiding deity Goddess Chamundeshwari at Chamundi Hill. He was accompanied by his mother (foster) Pramoda Devi Wadiyar during his temple visits.

Band music
The English Band, led by Assistant Band Master Kumar, played ‘Under the double eagle’, ‘Stars and stripes’, ‘Over the waves’ and ‘Temple bells’, while the Carnatic band, led by Assistant Band Master S Jayaram, played the compositions of the erstwhile maharaja of Mysuru Jayachamaraja Wadiyar, exponents like Mysore Vasudevacharya and Muttaiah Bhagavathar. It included ‘Sri Mahaganapati’ ‘Brahmanda valaye’ composed by Jayachamaraja Wadiyar, ‘Sri Chamundeshwari’ by Mysore Vasudevacharya, ‘Bhuvaneshwariya nene manasave’, by Mutthaiah Bhagavathar among others.

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