Palace celebrates Birth Centenary of Sri Jayachamaraja Wadiyar
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Palace celebrates Birth Centenary of Sri Jayachamaraja Wadiyar

July 18, 2019
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Mysuru: The magnificent Durbar Hall of the Mysore Palace that witnesses Private Durbar during annual Dasara played host to another important event this morning — Birth Centenary celebrations of the last ruler of Mysore State Jayachamaraja Wadiyar.

A host of invitees, who’s who of the royal family including Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, wife of late Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, Jayachamaraja Wadiyar’s daughters Kamakshi Devi and Indrakshi Devi attended the event. The celebration was organised by Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar (SDNR Wadiyar) Foundation.

Gopalkrishna Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi seen lighting the lamp to inaugurate the Birth Centenary celebrations of Jayachamaraja Wadiyar at Durbar Hall inside Mysore Palace in city this morning. Others seen are (from right) Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, wife of late Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, Jayachamaraja Wadiyar’s daughters Indrakshi Devi and Kamakshi Devi.

The Centenary Celebrations will be organised at Bangalore Palace on July 20. Though the State Government had announced that the Government will officially organise the Centenary celebrations, the dates have not yet been announced. Probably due to the uncertainty about the survival of the Congress-JD(S) coalition Government, the Centenary Celebrations have been put on the backburner. 

Also, due to the volatile situation in the State Capital, Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, who was supposed to inaugurate the Centenary Celebrations today, stayed away from the event. However, he had sent his best wishes for the event.

In the absence of the Governor, the celebration at the Durbar Hall was inaugurated by Gopalkrishna Devdas Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. 

A view of the Durbar Hall at Amba Vilas Palace this morning.

In her introductory remarks, Pramoda Devi Wadiyar announced that the sprawling 23-acre land at the foot of Chamundi Hill that was earlier handed over to the University of Mysore will be developed to host “Jayachamaraja Wadiyar Centre of Learning.”  

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Pramoda Devi Wadiyar said that her father-in-law was never power-hungry and had voluntarily consented to merge the Princely State of Mysore with the Republic of India in 1950. She said that the Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar Foundation had completed the renovation of Jaganmohan Palace and the Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery and had transformed them into world-class galleries. 

In his inaugural address, Gopalkrishna Gandhi said that decorative names like ‘His Highness’ or ‘Her Highness’ holds no value in a democratic setup. “We no longer use such titles because the Constitution grants equal rights and privileges to all citizens. But people of this region still continue to address royal family members as ‘His Highness’ or ‘Her Highness’ due to the love towards them,” he said. 

“Wadiyars have contributed immensely to the land and people have them close to their hearts. Royalty is embedded in people’s heart as the rulers have done selfless work for the society and have strived for the welfare of the people,” he opined. 

Yaduveer Wadiyar and Trishika Wadiyar with their son Aadyaveer Narasimharaja Wadiyar.

On the occasion, Akashavani authorities presented a CD that contains all the 94 compositions of Jayachamaraja Wadiyar rendered in musical format that were broadcast by All India Radio. 

Infosys Foundation Chairperson Sudha Murty seeking the blessings of Rajamatha Pramoda Devi Wadiyar at Palace this morning as actress B. Saroja Devi looks on.

Awards were presented to nine achievers in various fields in which Sri JC Wadiyar was interested and associated with like in Sanskrit, Kannada, Wildlife, Agriculture (farmer), Karnatak Music, Sports, Cinema and outstanding contribution to society. The recipients were Prof. A. L. Shivarudrappa (Philosophy), B.N.S. Iyengar (Yoga), Prof. M.A. Lakshmi Thathachar (Sanskrit), Dr. T.V. Venkatachala Shastry (Kannada), B. Saroja Devi (Cinema), Sudha Murty (Outstanding contribution to society), Syed Ghani Khan (Agriculture/Farming), Ajai Desai (Wildlife) and Pranavi Urs (Promising sports personality: Golf).

Picture shows a city youth, who is an ardent fan of Sudha Murty, showing her tattoo etched on his hand.


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