February 23, 2015 8:45:59 pm
A 23-year-old US educated nephew from the family of the erstwhile Maharajah of Mysore moved a step closer to being the ornamental king of Mysore on Monday. He was formally adopted by the childless widow of the former prince Srikantadatta Wodeyar who died in December 2013. The 23-year-old nephew Yaduveer Gopal Raj Urs will be annointed to carry on palace traditions including the annual Dasara festivities that are an integral part of the culture in the Mysore region despite its integration of the erstwhile princely state into India in 1947.
Yaduveer Gopal Raj Urs was formally adopted by Princess Pramodadevi as the next heir of the Wodeyar family in a private ceremony at the family’s Amba Vilas Palace in Mysore. Yaduveer is the grand nephew of Srikantadatta Wodeyar and Pramodadevi and the grandson of the Srikantadatta Wodeyar’s eldest sister Gayathri Devi.
Following the adoption Yaduveer was renamed Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar. The ceremony was conducted by Abhinava Vageesha Brahmatantra Swatantra Parakala Swami, the palace priest and the 36th pontiff of the Sri Parakala Mutt under the direction of palace dharmadhikari Janardhan Iyengar at around 5am.
As per tradition Pramodadevi pronounced the ‘new’ name in the ears of the heir who was sitting on her lap. Parents of the new heir- Swarup Anand Gopal Raj Urs and mother Tripura Sundari Devi – were among the 37 members of the royal family who witnessed the event along with Karnataka home minister K J George and housing minister Ambarish who were close friends of the late Srikantadatta Wodeyar.
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Following the ceremony the new heir took a ride on a silver chariot in the evening to greet well-wishers and members of the public. The 23-year old Yaduveer Gopal Raj Urs was pursuing a degree in economics at UMass Amherst in Boston Massachusetts in the USA when he was picked by has grand aunt to be the new symbolic king of Mysore. The family has stated that Yaduveer will formally commence into his role as the new face of royalty in Mysore on May 8 this year.
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