Pomp and splendor marked the royal wedding of the Wodeyar dynasty’s titular king Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja with Rajasthani princess Trishika Kumari Singh at Amba Vilas Palace. The wedding was solemnised on June 27 at the Amba Vilas Palace in Bengaluru as per Hindu tradition in the presence of elders and relatives from both royal families.
Sporting the royal crown and clad in a cream ‘bandhgala’, Yaduveer, 24, and bride Trishika, 22, in a red silk sari, exchanged jasmine garlands and poured handful of rice over each other’s head, signifying life-long prosperity and peace for the couple. The Boston educated, Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wodeyar, who is the present titular Maharaja of Mysore, was crowned prince in May 2015 during a grand coronation ceremony that involved 40 priests and over 1,000 guests.
The couple has known each other for years and was childhood friends. Around 1000 guests, including the Karnataka state Chief Minister K Siddaramaiah, attended the ceremony and 2500 more were invited to an evening reception.
It was a typical south Indian Mysorean wedding with a small pooja ritual for the bride before the ceremony began. One royal relative said, in their families the girl adapts to the traditions of the boy’s family.
The royal couple is now custodians of more than 1,500 acres of land spread across Mysore, Bangalore, Hassan, Channapatna and other places in Karnataka.
The majestic palace in the heart of the state’s cultural and historic capital, about 150 km from Bengaluru, has been decked up and illuminated for the grand event, four decades after Srikantadatta married Pramoda in 1976 in its Durbar Hall.
India’s royalty lost their official powers when the country attained independence in 1947, but the modern-day Maharajas are still wealthy and influential.