The Vijayadashami celebrations of the Wadiyars, which was put off following the demise of Puttarathnamanni (96), mother of Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, was celebrated at the palace here on Monday, three days after Vijayadashami.
All events scheduled as part of the last day’s Dasara celebrations of the erstwhile royal family were put off to Monday following the death.
The same evening, another member of the erstwhile royal family, Vishalakshi Devi (56), the last daughter of late Jayachamaraja Wadiyar, the last Maharaja of Mysuru, and the sister-in-law of Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, passed away.
A pall of gloom descended on the family following the death of two senior members of the Wadiyar family within a span of few hours on Friday.
On Monday. Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, scion of the erstwhile royal family, performed the rituals at the palace as part of the celebrations.
Dressed in royal robes, Mr. Wadiyar took part in the rituals, including ‘Shami Puja’ (worshipping the Banni tree) at Goddess Bhuvaneshwari Temple on the palace premises.
The victory procession or the Vijaya Yathre was held after ‘Vajra Mushti Kalaga’. Instead of a silver chariot, Mr. Wadiyar, who came carrying ‘Pattada Kathi’ (royal sword), was driven in a car to the temple for completing the rituals while the sword was carried in a silver palanquin to the temple.
Vajra Mushti Kalaga is a tradition associated with the Vijayadashami celebrations of the Wadiyars. Mr .Wadiyar later performed puja to the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari inside the palace, marking the conclusion of Dasara festivities.
Entry of visitors to the palace was restricted from 10 a.m. to 1.30 pm on Monday to facilitate the celebrations.
Pramoda Devi’s statement
Ms. Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, in a statement here on Monday, said she was touched by the gesture of her near and dear ones during the moments of grief that struck her family with the passing away of her mother and sister-in-law. “I am thankful to the Chief Minister, the district Ministers, the district administration and the Palace Board officials led by the Deputy Commissioner, Mysuru, for extending timely help and support in an enormous measure. I also appreciate the warm thoughts and comforting words of all the members of the family, friends, well-wishers and the media. The kindness of all meant a great deal to me and my family,” Ms. Wadiyar said in her statement.
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