Mysore's iconic Amba Vilas Palace saw one of the grandest of royal weddings on Monday.
The Maharaja of Mysore Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar married Trishika Kumari Singh, daughter of Harshvardhan Singh and Maheshri Kumari of the erstwhile Dungarpur royal family in Rajasthan, in an elaborate ceremony that lasted for three days.
Boston-educated Yaduveer tied the nuptial knot with Trishika at Kalyana Mantapa in the palace between 9:05 AM and 9:35 AM, reported PTI.
Marriage rituals had been underway since Saturday, with the stamp of the royal traditions of the erstwhile Mysore princely state.
About 1,000 guests witnessed the wedding ceremony that was being officiated by a battery of priests. Among the invitees were top politicians, including Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and his Cabinet colleagues, diplomats from many countries and scions of the erstwhile royal families from across India.
Yaduveer was engaged to Trishika much before his adoption as scion to royal family.
Pramoda Devi Wodeyar, widow of Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar, the last descendant of Wodeyar dynasty, formally adopted Yaduveer Gopal Raj Urs in February 2015, as the couple had no children. After the adoption, he was rechristened as Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wodeyar.
In a traditional ceremony on 28 May 2015, Yaduveer was crowned as the titular head of the erstwhile Mysore royal family. During Dasara he had ascended the golden throne to preside over the 'khasa (private) durbar', in an atmosphere that was a throwback to the grandeur of the Mysore state and its royal family.
Yaduveer, now the 27th 'King' of the Wodeyar dynasty completed his BA in Economics and English. He is the grandson of Princess Gayatri Devi, the eldest daughter of the last Maharaja, Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar.
The Wodeyar dynasty ruled the Kingdom of Mysore from 1399 to 1947. Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar ruled from 1940 until 1947 when India became independent and he acceded his kingdom to the dominion of India. The Maharaja's reign continued until India became a Republic in 1950.
People in the old Mysore region of Karnataka still revere Wodeyar rulers for their many contributions, such as the construction of the Krishnaraj Sagar dam across the Cauvery river and the establishment of many industries and educational institutions in the region.
The wedding receptions will be held on 28 June and 2 July in Mysore and Bengaluru respectively.
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