On 28 May, India got its newest royal when the official coronation ceremony of Mysore’s 23-year old king, Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, took place at the sprawling Amba Vilas palace.
Mysore in Karnataka is one of the richest and most lavish royal abodes in India and is best known or it’s warrior-ruler Tipu Sultan.
Now with the coronation of Mysore’s 27th king, here is all you need to know about Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar.
The newest Mysore king is a bespectacled to a 23-years-old who has studied English and Economics from Boston in the US and he looks every bit as intelligent as that combination of subjects suggests. He is an alumnus of Vidya Niketan and Canadian International School in Bengaluru, according to a report in The Times of India.
He is the nephew of the late Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, who passed away in 2013, and was adopted by his widow Pramoda Devi as the couple had no children. His birth name is Yaduveer Gopal Raj Urs, and was renamed Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar by Pramoda Devi as per tradition, according to a NDTV story.
He has inherited one of the most prosperous royal estates in India. His predecessor Srikantadatta Wadiyar had declared assets worth Rs 152253 crore during the 2004 Lok Sabha polls, including the famous Mysore and Bangalore palaces as well as 15 luxury cars, as per a NDTV report. Now that’s some inhertiance!
But all of this does not make him an eligible bachelor, as he is engaged to Trishika Kumari Singh, daughter of Harshavardhan Singh, the Yuvaraja of Dungarpur, Rajasthan. And his marriage could be as early as this year, said the queen Pramoda Devi in an with Deccan Herald
In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis and reading books, he told the Deccan Chronicle in an interview. And his choice of reading material suits his position as he enjoys reading on matters of history, economy and philosophy. He is also a fan of fantasy and spy novels.
The scion of the Mysore is also musically inclined being competent with the guitar and is learning to play the traditional instrument Saraswati Veena as well, as per the Deccan Chronicle interview. When it comes to food, the king has a quintessential royals taste with the famous biryani from the Mysore Sports Club being his favorite, he told The Times of India.
If he hadn’t been chosen as the royal heir, he would have been a consultant, as he finds it interesting and challenging, the Times of India interview mentioned.
His primary aim as the new king will be to enrich the history and heritage of the Wadiyars and to promote tourism in Mysore. Considering the the sheer cultural wealth and beauty of the region, this shouldn’t be too difficult.
As a modern king, Yaduveer KC Wadiyar is tech savvy as well, with regular updates on his official Facebook page. Here is his personal message thanking everyone for accepting him as the custodian of Mysore:
I would like to once again thank everyone for the support and acceptance of me as the custodian to our great legacy. The ease with which you have accepted me can only be an outcome of the reverence we, as the people of Mysore, have for my forefathers and their immense contribution to Mysore State. The positivity, energy, and enthusiasm with which the people of Mysore participated in the events were, and still are, very invigorating. It was a privilege to be amongst my fellow Mysoreans during such a transformative moment. I know that, with your continued support, we can uphold the glory of Mysore, contribute to it, enrich it, and ensure that our state remains a focal point of India’s rich history, spirituality, philosophy, and culture.