Plea to restore heritage sites related to Mysuru royal family

Senior member of the Mysuru royal family Raja Chandra on Sunday said that many heritage sites that have close association with the Mysuru royal family at Srirangapatna and Chamarajanagar were in dilapidated condition.

He said some of the sites related to Maharaja Mummadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar were in a critical condition and asked the archaeology department to take up restoration works on priority.

He was speaking after launching the monthly magazine ‘Mysuru Wadiyar’ organised by Janamanaranga Mysuru Trust in front of the Balarama Gate at the Mysuru Palace on Sunday.

“The origins of Mysuru Wodeyar family is still not clear it needs more research work, especially their native place. Majority of the works regarding the family mentioned their native as ‘Hadinaru’ village.  Hadinaru was located in Nanjangud taluk and there is a debate on ‘Hadajana’ being the native place. It requires deep research to dig out facts,” he said.

“A host of ancient inscriptions are a neglected lot and these inscriptions throw light on Wodeyar’s roots in Kumarabeedu and K Hemmanahalli villages. At Srirangapatna and Chamarajanagar many heritage structures related to Mummadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar are in a bad shape with no efforts being undertaken to preserve them. I request the archaeology department to take up restoration works,” he said.

“After Bengaluru, electricity was introduced in Mysuru and there are many literary works that describe the contribution of Wodeyars to the entire region. The contributions of Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar where he turned Mysuru into a model state is worth documentation and widespread publicity. Only a thorough research work and restoration of heritage monuments such contributions can be brought to fore,” he said

Raja Chandra refused to comment on the recent photo shoot controversy and said that it was up to the government to decide.

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