“Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar is a glorious character in the history of Karnataka and is reckoned to be the architect of modern Mysuru. It was largely during his reign that Mysuru was transformed into a model state,” said Historian and former vice chancellor of Mangaluru and Goa Universities Prof B Sheik Ali.
He was delivering a keynote address at the two-day state-level seminar on ‘Sri Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar’s Life and Achievements,’ organised by Government First Grade College, Siddarthanagar, in association with Department of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage.
Prof Sheik Ali said, “Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar is a real inspiration and a magnificent character in the history of India. He strove hard and had an ability to transform a Mysore state was considered backward state into a devel- to be a model state and was oped one. During his rule the referred to as the Rama Rajya.
A perfect man has two major parameters i.e. to do good and right thing to the society and not expect service but serve others. The ruler had imbibed both of these. Nalwadi had immense intellectual prowess.”
“A model man possess five powers- physical, mental, moral, spiritual and the intuitive power, all these were ingrained in Nalwadi. He believed that happiness of a common man was more important and knew that passport to success was hard work. It is this which helped him to create the golden age of Mysore state,” he added.
MLA Somashekhar said, “Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar worked towards alleviating poverty and improving rural reconstruction, public health, industry, sanitation, underground drainage management, solving water crisis, education and the fine arts.”