JAipur , July 12: In Jaipur, the seat of Kachchawa Rajput dynasty, the royal family is still held in awe and revered. So the coming of age of one of its youngest Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh, who turns 18 today is cause for celebrations. At least 80 years ago, Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II’s turning 18 had Jaipur celebrating in the majestic City Palace.
Padmanabh was crowned the maharaja of Jaipur when he was just 12 in 2011 after his grandfather Bhawani Singh passed away.
But after Sawai Man Singh, his son Brigadier Bhawani Singh, who took the title of Maharaja just before Independence, did not see such grand celebrations, as he was already working in the Army when he turned 18.
But Padmanabh is now studying his last school years in Millfield , England.
So after a long time, the City Palace will reverberate with traditional rituals and ceremonies. These celebrations will continue throughout the day.
A day full of ceremonies will mark the event. Jaipur’s Maharaja will arrive at the verandah of the Chandra Mahal where he will be received by his personal staff. He will then perform ‘Prayashitta Dan’, ‘Chhaya Dan’ and ‘Gau Dan’.
Accompanied by his personal staff he will proceed to Sita Ram Dwara and perform the Hawan followed by ‘Bhet’ to Gurus. Later, he will visit the temples of Shri Sita Ramji Bada, Shri Sita Ramji Chhota, Shri Sita Ballabhji, Shri Govind Deoji, Madho Niwas Mataji and Shri Raj Rajeshwar ji for offering Bhet and accepting ‘Dupatta Prasad’ from Sants, Mahants and Gurus. Later, he will perform Varsh Poojan at Madho Niwas.
During the day at noon, Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh will leave Madho Niwas with the members of the personal staff/ADCs and go to the Darbar Hall (Sabha Niwas) – where he will be presented ‘Nazar’ by former Tazimi Sardars, Jagirdars, Thikanedars and Seths of Jaipur. Needless to say that Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh and the nobels will be in their traditional attire.
Later, the Maharaja will leave for Pritam Niwas. And at Riddhi Siddhi Pol the aarti will be performed by his sister Rajkumari Gauravi Kumari and His Highness will be welcomed by the Zenana Sardars. He will also receive salute by the Jairgarh Guard. The Maharaja will also receive the greetings of the people from the different walks of the life of the Pink City.
Later in the evening, Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh will go to seek blessings of the Kuldevi of the Kachhawas, Jamwai Mata temple at Ramgarh.
The Maharaja studied at Mayo College and is now completing his higher studies in England. He is a proficient polo player and devotes at least 3 to 4 hours to the game. He is the only royale from Rajasthan who has been chosen as a brand ambassador for famous polo clothing company La Martina. Padmanabh’s mother Diya Kumari is a BJP MLA from Sawai Madhopur and is a public figure.