Mysuru royal family may get heir around Dasara

Yaduveer's wife likely to deliver couple's first baby in Sept

Members of the erstwhile royal family are in an upbeat mood as Trishika Kumari, wife of Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, is over four months pregnant.

Even though the erstwhile royal family and its heir do not have any legal position in the society, the people of the old Mysuru region, especially in Mysuru, Mandya and Chamarajanagar districts, revere the family. The family is also striving to conserve its heritage and tradition. According to folklore, the family was cursed by Alamelamma, wife of then chieftain Srirangaraya of Srirangapatna, that the Wadiyar dynasty should end, after the annexation of Srirangapatna by Raja Wadiyar in 1610.

So, either incidentally or accidentally, there have been no children for the Maharajas in alternate generations.
The last Maharaja Jayachamaraja Wadiyar had six children, including son Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, from his second queen Tripura Sundari Ammani. Though the Maharaja had a heir to the throne, the legacy could not be continued as the erstwhile Mysore state was merged into the Indian Union. As Srikantadatta, who died on December 10, 2013 at the age of 60, was issueless, his wife Pramodadevi Wadiyar adopted Yaduveer on February 23, 2015.

Yaduveer Gopalraj Urs, biological son of Swarup Anand Gopalraj Urs and Tripurasundari Devi, assumed the name Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar and ascended the throne on May 28, 2015. Yaduveer married Trishika Kumari Singh on June 27, 2016. Trishika Kumari is the daughter of Harshavardhan Singh, erstwhile ruler of Dungarpur in Rajasthan.Yaduveer is also the grandson of Gayatri Devi, the eldest daughter of Jayachamaraja Wadiyar.

The good news has been celebrated in the family, even though it has not been made public. This is because there are several issues surrounding the curse, possession of the Mysuru Palace and the adoption of Yaduveer.

While the case on the Mysore Palace (Acquisition and Transfer) Act, 1998, is pending before the court with the family fighting to retain the Palace, the adoption of Yaduveer has been questioned by his maternal uncle Chaduranga Kantharaja Urs.

According to a palace astrologer, who wished to remain anonymous, the baby may be delivered somewhere around the Dasara festival.

This year, Navaratri begins on September 20 and the Dasara or Vijayadashami is on September 30. He says, it would be auspicious for the family if the baby is born on Vijayadashami.

‘Won’t affect Navaratri fete’
Asked if the birth of a baby during Dasara would affect celebrations by the family as well as by the government, he said it is not an issue.

“Purudu or Soothaka, which is associated with birth or death in Hindu families, does not apply for royal families. Raja Wadiyar who started Dasara celebrations in 1610 did not stop the rituals despite the death of his son.

Dasara is celebrated for the welfare of the people of the state and it should not be skipped under any circumstance,” he said.
 

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