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The News Minute | February 23, 2015 | 11:03 am IST The Mysuru royal family is all set to get a new successor to the late scion, over a year after Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar’s death. His wife Maharani Pramoda Devi, will legally adopt a member of the royal family as her late husband’s successor, a process which comprises several traditional rituals. Yaduveer Gopal Raj Urs is to be legally adopted today, and will be re-named Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar. The coronation ceremony will take place in May. So who is this 22-year-old, true blue royal amidst six crore Kannadigas? Here’s some things you didn't know about the soon-to-be scion. Well, figuratively anyway, since the Indian government abolished all titles and the privy purse as well decades ago at Independence. Gopal Raj completed his schooling in Bengaluru- 10 years in Vidya Niketan followed by two years in Canadian International School- and then shifted to Boston to pursue a degree. He is studying for a bachelor’s degree in Arts and majoring in Economics and English. He was not the one who performed the last rites of Srikanta Datta, but Pramoda Devi’s nephew Chaduranga Kantharaj Urs.  Apparently, Pramoda Devi finally settled on Gopal Raj because he comes from the same Bettada Kote family as she does. The Bettada Kote family has been associated with the royal family very closely for almost 200 years. He is the grandson of Srikantadatta’s eldest sister Gayathri Devi. Kantharaj Urs is likely to have missed the adoption ceremony as he is reportedly upset with the way things have turned out. Also, it had been told to him that he could not be adopted as he was married and had a child. Gopal Raj is engaged to be married, but rather hush-hush about it. He has said she and her family would be attending the coronation ceremony, but that the relationship would be made public at a later date. What will he do after being appointed successor? Mainly, being the King of Mysuru is just a title. In an interview to The Times of India, Gopal Raj said, "My primary responsibility will be to preserve and enrich the history and heritage of the Wadiyars. This will involve performing many religious rituals and cultural customs that have been handed down over the past 600 years. I also wish to showcase the glorious past of the Wadiyars, their achievements, their struggles, the art they patronized, the splendor of their court, and their contribution to the old Mysuru region". Had he not accepted the succession, he has said that he would have liked to complete his degree, travel or a while before taking up a job as a consultant. He has also said that his favourite dish is the biryani from the Mysore Sports Club. Tweet Follow @thenewsminute
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