Wearing crystal-studded Angarka and a bright magenta-gold colour saree complete with ornaments made of gold, rubies, diamonds and emeralds, Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar and Trishika Kumari Singh entered into wedded life on Monday. It was indeed a wedding with mind-boggling splendour.
The exquisite chandelier, the Mayuri Mantap amidst finely crafted pillars, the sensuous bride, the sovereign groom, glass paintings that adorned the domes, elaborate flower decoration – all brought back the memories of the royal era.
23-year-old Yaduveer tied the nuptial knot with Trishika Kumari Singh during the auspicious ‘karkataka lagna’ and ‘savitra’ mahurat.
22-year-old Trishika Kumari Singh, the second daughter of Maharaja Harshwardhan Singh and Maharani Maheshri Kumari of Dungarpur family in Rajasthan is now the wife of Mysuru’s titular king Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, the adopted son of Pramoda Devi Wadiyar.
An arts graduate from the Massachusetts University in Boston, Yaduveer has been engaged to Trishika on his return from the US last year. Trishika, now belongs to the Yaduvamsha and becomes the titular Maharani and as per the tradition, Pramoda Devi will rise to the position of titular Rajmatha.
Being a fashion designer, Pramoda Devi personally designed the wedding attire of Yaduveer and got it stitched under supervision.
RITUALS AT WEDDING
The wedding rituals began at 06:30 am when the Marriage Dibbana commenced from Madan Vilas door and it was welcomed by Trishika’s family members at the Aane Bagilu door and Aarathi was offered to Yaduveer by Trishika’s parents. He travelled in a BMW car and entered the Kalyana Mantap premises. Gowri puja was offered by Trishika at the bride’s room.
Rituals including Ganapathi puja, Madhuparka, Bruhaspathi Pujam Gothra Pravara and Kanya Prathigraha were held at Kalyana Mantap till 09:00 am. Trishika was later bought and made to sit in a Hasemane. Mahasankalpa, Gothra Pravara were held before Trishika’s parents made the ‘Kanyadhaana’ at 09:30 am at the auspicious ‘Karkataka lagna’ and ‘Savitra’ muhurat.
Later the couple was made to exchange the Sambandha Male and Kankana dhaarane was held. At 10:22 am Yaduveer and Trishika tied the nuptial knot in quietude as nobody informed the gatti mela team to perform.
After Mangalya Dharana, Agnimukha Laalaahoma were held and the couple took seven steps around the holy fire for the ‘Sapthapadi’ ritual. Shrushteekrutha Homa, Prokshane, Phala Pooke, Khillat were also held after Sapthapadi. Later Phalamanthrakshatha and Prasadam from Sri Mutt and various other temples of the state were given to the royal couple.
Speaking to reporters, Pramoda Devi Wadiyar said: “I am delighted as the wedding is happening as I had wanted it to be. I was shocked two years back with the sudden demise of Srikantadatta Wadiyar and with the blessings of Goddess Chamundeshwari, it is a smooth affair. It’s Goddess Chamundi who stood with us to make this event happen,” she said.
Due to space constraints and security measures, only 550 people, including family members, relatives, seers, VIPs and special invitees were allowed to witness the wedding.
On Monday night, the newlyweds will sit on a decorated swing in the palace’s Durbar hall between 7.30-8.30 pm to be greeted and wished by extended family members and relatives.
Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, the biological son of Tripura Sundari Devi and Swaroop Anand Gopal Raj Urs, is the grandson of late Princess Gayatri Devi, the eldest sister of Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar. Yaduveer was formally adopted by Maharani Pramoda Devi Wadiyar in February 2015.
The last marriage held in the Kalyana Mantap of Mysuru Palace was of Yaduveer’s parents Swaroop Anand and Tripura Sundari Devi in 1991. The previous one was in 1976 when the former maharaja Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar married Pramoda Devi.
About 2,000 VIPs from the state and across the country have been invited for the grand reception on June 28 at the Durbar Hall from 7.30-8.30 pm. Mysuru violinist brothers Nagaraj and Manjunath will render “Yaduveera Manohari”, a special composition prepared exclusively for the event. The couple will go on a procession on June 29 in a car within the palace precincts for public viewing.
Though the royal wedding is a private event, the palace has been made out of bounds for visitors and tourists for six days from June 24 to 29. A second reception will be held at Bangalore Palace in Bengaluru on July 2.
More than 700 people had their breakfast inside the palace on Monday. The food contract has been given to Nagaraj of Bengaluru and 200 cooks are preparing a variety of dishes.
For the breakfast it was kashi halwa, vegetable bath, tatte idli, veg gravy, aapam- veg stew and onion dosa. For the lunch it was a South Indian cuisine with shavige paayasam, beans playa, alu fry, ambode, sandige, baadami keeru, akki rotti-yennegayi, batura-chennamasala, Bisibele bath, sambhar, rasam and mango fruit ice-cream.
The cooks have been asked by the royal family to divide lunch and dinner and prepare 13 varieties of palavs. Also, keeping many North Indian guests, a variety of rotis and curries are also being prepared.