Dungarpur Awaits Royal Wedding


Rajasthan will soon witness another royale fairytale wedding but the wedding will held in the grandest of India’s palaces, far from the desert. Dungarpur royal family’s princess Trishika Kumari will marry Mysuru prince Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wodeyar, 23 at the majestic and iconic Mysore Palace, also known as the Amba Vilas Palace on June 27.

A grand reception will also be held at the palace in Mysuru a day after the wedding on June 28.
Boston University-graduate Yuduveer was crowned the prince of Mysore nearly a year ago. Nearly a year after being the heir of the Wodeyar dynasty, Yaduveer is set to start a new innings of his life with Trishika Kumari, who is daughter of Dungarpur prince Harshvardhan Singh, the newly elected Rajya Sabha MP from Rajasthan.

Yaduveer , an economics graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, who initially wanted to study marine biology, is eyeing an MBA next.

The wedding will be a lavish affair and at the Amba Vilas Palace as per the Hindu tradition in the presence of elders and relatives from both royal families. Yudauveer, an economics graduate and a relative of the royal family was crowned Maharaja of Mysore in May 2015 as the last Wodeyar ruler, Srikanth Datta Narsimharaja Wodeyar had died childless and without a heir in 2013 after a heart attack, but then his wife Pramoda Devi adopted Yuduveer. The elaborate ceremony involved 40 priests and was attended by 1,000 guests.

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Grandson of Princess Gayatri Devi, the eldest daughter of the last Maharaja Jayachamarendra Wadiyar and the eldest sister of late Srikantadutta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, Yaduveer is the son of Tripurasundari Devi and Swaraup Gopal Raj Urs.

The Wodeyar dynasty ruled over what was then the Mysore kingdom for nearly six centuries and was known for its progressive rule of social reforms.

The original Mysore palace built of wood, got burnt down in 1897, during the wedding of Jayalakshammanni, the eldest daughter of Chamaraja Wodeyar and was rebuilt in 1912 at the cost of Rs. 42 lakhs. The present Palace built in Indo-Saracenic style and blends together Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles of architecture. It is a three-storied stone structure, with marble domes and a 145 ft five-storied tower. Above the central arch is an impressive sculpture of Gajalakshmi, the goddess of wealth, prosperity, good luck, and abundance with her elephants. The palace is surrounded by a large garden. Designed by the well-known British architect, Henry Irwin, the palace is a treasure house of exquisite carvings and works of art from all over the world.

India’s royal families lost their powers after independence in 1947 but they are still wealthy and revered by their local populations.

The Mysore palace, the seat of the kingdom and known for its mix of stained glass, mirrors, solid silver doors, marble floors and mahogany carvings, has become a tourist attraction.

It is lit up at night on public holidays and Sundays by nearly 100,000 light bulbs, according to the palace’s website.

The dainty princess Trishika Kumari Singh, was present at the coronation ceremony of Yaduveer last year. She was the cynosure of all eyes as she had paired her intricately embroidered emerald green chiffon saree with traditional gold Meenakari and pearl jewellery of Rajasthan. The chaandtika was matched with pearl droplets and she looked angelic with minimal make-up with some kohl, eyeliner and pink lips.

Her elder sister, Shivatmika Kumari, who had then got married to prince Jaideep Jadeja from Rajkot; was also present and had donned an orange shaded saree with a heavy diamond set and a fully studded maangtika at the coronation ceremony.

The Dungarpur dynasty was founded by Rawal Samant Singh, the eldest son of Rawal Samarsi of Chittor (d. 1193). He abandoned his domains and went to Delhi, where the Mogul Emperor honoured him with the insignia of royalty and bestowed the principality of Bagar, on condition that he wrested those lands from the Bhils. He then migrated south, where he slew Chaurasi Mal Parmar and established himself as the local ruler. The original capital of the place being Batpatrak or Baroda. His successors gradually enlarged the state after driving out the remaining Parmars from Galiakot and Arthoona.

Maharawal Dungar Singhji established a new capital during the latter half of the fourteenth century, which he named Dungarpur after himself.

Maharawal Uday Singh of Dungarpur divided his territories between his two quarrelling sons. He assigned Dungarpur to the elder son, Prithviraj, and gave Banswara to the younger son, Jagmal. They succeeded to their separate parts when he died fighting gallantly against Babar, at Khanwa, in 1527. In common with other states in Rajputana, Dungarpur signed a treaty of protection with the East India company in 1818.

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