Mysuru’s titular maharaja Yaduver Krishnadatta Chamaraj and Trishika Kumari Singh of the erstwhile princely state of Dungarpur in Rajasthan are all set to get married in an extravagant private ceremony at the palace in Mysuru.
Pre-wedding rituals, including a special pooja to the Wodeyars’ family deity Chamundeshwari, began in the early hours of Sunday at the Mysuru palace. The actual wedding ceremony would take place between 9:05 am and 9:35 am on Monday at the Amba Vilas in the palace.
Yaduveer and Trishika’s wedding is the first in four decades after the then prince Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar married Pramoda Devi in 1976.
Twenty-two-year-old Trishika is the second daughter of Maharaj Kumar Harshavardhan Singh and Rajkumari Maheshri Kumari of the erstwhile princely state of Dungarpur in Rajasthan. Yaduveer is an arts graduate from the Massachusetts University in Boston.
Yaduveer is the grandson of princess Gayathri Devi, the eldest sister of Srikantadatta and eldest daughter of the last reigning maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar. Srikanttadatta, the titular head of the royal family and his wife Pramoda Devi did not have children. Hence Pramoda Devi formally adopted Yaduveer on February 23, 2015, and had him crowned as the 27th Maharaja on May 28, 2015.
It is reported that only 550 guests, including family members, relatives, seers, VIPs and special invitees will be allowed to witness the wedding. The media however, live telecast the proceedings on Thursday while some newspapers carried two-page spreads about the preparations and plans of the wedding.
Over 2,000 VIPs from across the country have been invited for the grand reception on June 28 at the Durbar hall in the palace.
The couple will go on a procession on June 29 within the palace boundaries for public viewing. Until then, the palace has been shut for visitors and tourists.
A second reception will reportedly be held at Bangalore Palace in Bengaluru on July 2.