RSS expresses deep condolences
The cultural capital of the Karnataka State, Mysore city which is known for ‘happy’ celebrations throughout the year, is under profound grief after the demise of scion of Mysore royal family Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar following cardiac arrest. He was 60. The legacy of 600 year old Wadiyar royal family ended when he was declared dead at Vikram Hospital in Bangalore. He is survived by his wife Pramodadevi Wadiyar and five sisters.
A sea of humanity poured into the city to pay last respect on December 11. People lined the 1.5 KM stretch between the palace and Madhuvana, the royal cremation ground on Mysore-ooty road. The government also declared two day of state mourning.
The Forest Department provided 200 kgs of sandalwood logs and 300 kgs of other firewood including eucalyptus. The Police presented a 21-gun salute before the final rites commenced. Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar’s nephew, Chaduranga kantharaj Urs, son of Wadiyar’s elder sister the late Gayatridevi, performed the last rites.
The funeral procession, which began from the Southern Gate of the Amba Vilas Palace with the mortal remains of the scion placed in a flower bedecked golden-silver palanquin drawn by people and led by Pattada Aane Gajendra and accompanied by Pattada Hasu (cow), Pattada Kudure (horse) and 13 caparisoned horses of Mounted Police.
In his condolence message RSS Sahsarakaryavah Shri Dattatreya Hosabale expressed his deep condolences. RSS Akhil Bharatiya Boudhik Pramukh Srhi Bhagaiah said, “My vinamra shraddhanjali at his feet. He was a dedicated soul for our culture and traditions”.
Wadiyar succeeded his father as the head of his dynasty in September 1974. However he remained the Prince of the royal family as he was not coroneted. He was elected chairman of Karnataka State Cricket Association on December 1, 2013. He was four-time Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from Mysore. He was also an acknowledged fashion designer and a promoter of Mysore silk sarees under his ‘Royal Silk of Mysore’ brand name. —Bureau Report