Mysore

Preparations in full swing for royal wedding, says Pramoda Devi

The royal wedding of Yadu­veer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, titular king of Mysore Royal family will be held be­tween June 24 and 29. The rituals will be held according to the tradition of the royal family.

Announcing this at a press meet on Saturday, Maha­rani Pramoda Devi said that though the prime event ‘Ma­hurtham’ will be held on June 27, the pre-wedding ceremo­ny will start from 24 evening.

On June 25, the day will start with oil bath (enne snana) which is considered auspicious. The following day on June 26, paada pooja to guru, chappara programme will be held. It will be a private function.

On June 27, the main event will be held at kalyana manatap and rituals will be continued at the Durbar hall. On the day, rituals will start from 4 am in the morning and continue till evening. Over 2000 guests are expected to be present on the day. June 28 will be the reception to be attended by over 5500 guests at Durbar Hall. “We are plan- ning to arrange a programme for the public to witness the married couple on June 29. I have spoken with the police in this regard. They have not confirmed it. If they agree, the public will be allowed.”

Invitation:

The invitation for the royal wedding has been sent to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minis­ter’s office, Congress chief So­nia Gandhi, with an invitation and a personal letter from Pra­ moda Devi. The family friends from across India and abroad have also been invited.

“I have invited Chief Min­ister Siddaramaiah in person and all the ministers from the state. Consulates from Ger­ man, France, America and Switzerland have also been invited,” Pramoda Devi said.

As part of the musical event, violin by Mysore Man­junath has been organised.

Food:

The menu is not ready yet but it would be typ­ical south Indian food. Each day we have varieties of food. As people are weight-con­scious we have limited sweets, though Jahangir will be on offer which is the favou­rite sweet of late Srikantadat­ta Chamaraja Wadiyar.

Angaraka, the traditional suit of Mysore Royal family, will be the dress for the muhurat. Professional photographers from Mysore have been en­trusted with covering the event.

Reacting to the photo shoot row, Pramoda Devi said that she is busy with the wed­ding, but informed she would take up the issue with the Chief Secretary.

Expressing dissatisfaction over the photo shoot, she said that this can’t be an act of ig­norance. “It is planned and pro­fessional. It can’t happen with­out the support of the staff at the palace. It surely is a failure of security at the palace”.

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