news Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 05:30
The fortunes of the Mysuru royal family are entangled in a legal battle even as royal scion Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar has taken over as the 27th titular king of the Yadu dynasty. He was crowned titluar "King" of the Mysuru royal family at an auspicious hour on Thursday morning amidst Vedic chants and slogans as the ascended the silver throne "Bhadrasana". Yaduveer succeeded the former scion of Mysuru, Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, who died in 2013, leaving behind no heir. After a long search, Wadiyar’s wife Pramoda Devi formally adopted Yaduveer in February, and named him the late scion’s successor. The coronation ceremony took place at the Amba Vilas Palace in Mysuru in the midst of 1000 royal family members. Twenty-two-year old Yaduveer is the nephew of the late Maharaja and the son of Leela Tripurasundari Devi and Swarup Anand Gopalaraj Urs.  He is an economics graduate from the University of Massachusetts, and recently returned home. Also Read: Seven things to know about the new Mysuru royal family scion- Yaduveer Gopal Raj Urs However, the choice of heir has not gone down well with Kantharaj Urs, the eldest nephew of the Srikantandatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar. Kantharaj Urs, who is also the brother of Leela Tripurasundari Devi, has staked claim over the properties of the royal family. Incidentally, Kantharaj Urs had performed the final rites of the late king. Last year, he had also performed all the rituals during the annual Mysuru Palace Dasara celebration, which raised speculation that he could be the next successor. After the successor was made public, Urs filed a petition in the Bengaluru civil court in March claiming his share in the property. According to a report in The Guardian, Urs wants the estate and properties which are worth several crores of rupees, to be divided equally among the family. He further contended that the late maharaja had divided his wealth between his five sisters nearly 30 years before his death.  The fall out within the family was apparent when Urs did not show up at a press conference held to announce the next successor of the family. Although Pramoda Devi initially denied that there was any rift in the family, she said that Urs was speaking out of frustration for not choosing as heir.