Bengaluru: Fairy-lights are entwined across the façade of the Ambi Vilas Palace in the heart of Mysuru where for the first time in nearly 40 years, a royal wedding was held on Monday. The bridegroom, 24-year-old Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, the 27th custodian of the Wadiyars of Mysuru, who ruled Karnataka for over 500 years, married Trishika Kumari Singh of the Dungarpur family.
Things you should know about the royal wedding
1. Yaduveer is the grandson of Princess Gayatri Devi, sister of Maharaja Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, the last Maharaja of Mysore. He was adopted by his great-aunt Pramoda Devi and crowned on 28 May last year when his great-uncle died without naming an heir.
2. Trishika is the second daughter of Maharaja Kumar Harshavardhan Singh and Rajkumari Maheshri Kumari of the former princely state of Dungarpur, Rajasthan.
3. The groom, who has studied economics and English from Boston and enjoys reading and tennis, has inherited a thriving royal estate, including the Bangalore and Mysore Palaces as well as 15 luxury cars.
4. The Mysore palace has been closed to public since 24 June and will remain closed till the final reception of 28 June. Another reception has been planned on 2 July at the Bangalore Palace.
5. The wedding ceremony was performed on 27 June from 9-9.35 am by over a dozen temple priests in the presence of 200 guests and family members.
6. Instead of the traditional dance performance presented at palace weddings, a Carnatic music concert by Mysore Violin Brothers, M. Nagaraj and M. Manjunath was held as part of the festivities.
7. Two thousand people are expected for the wedding reception that will be held at Durbar hall. The guest list includes royals from across India, including those of Mewad, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Gwalior. Also expected were diplomats from Germany, France, Switzerland and the US and political leaders like Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah, President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.