After Dasara three months ago, this was the second time Mysore witnessed such a huge crowd. Lakhs of people had assembled on all along the route to the royal graveyard, Madhuvana on Mysore-Nanjangud road, to have the last Darshan of the last scion of the Royal family Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar here on Wednesday.
Sea of People from all walks of life, all religion started pouring from the wee hours of the day towards Palace, to pay their last respect for the departed soul.
Soon the entry was banned on Varaha gate, people were seen shouting to allow them inside the palace to pay their respect. Police personeel had a tough time to control the crowd.
Unbothered of the burning sun, the people waited on the roadsides of the routes form hours together. Without having breakfast, the women and children were seen waiting for their turn to get inside the hall, where body was placed.
Sadashivaiah who had come all the way from Dharwad said: “Soon I heard the sad news, I left the district and reached Mysore around 6.30 am. I had visited Mysore three year ago, to witness private darbar of the Wodeyar.
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The last ten minutes....
Just before his body was to be lifted the atmosphere turned emotional. Many of them broke down. Tears rolled down from the eyes of the staff workers, drum beaters and other staff members assembled there.
Lathi charge to disperse crowd
When city's Mayor NM Rajeshwari, accompanied with Corporators rushed towards Karikallu Thotti, where VIP's were giving entry.
As there were more than 120 members in her entourage, the Police were helpless and denied entry for all of them at the time.
Inspite of the Mayor waiting for more than 45 minutes to gain entry, the Mayor was not allowed through VIP entrance. After, holding talks with the officials, she was left inside.
But, the Corporators were asked to take enter though the common entry.
Angered at this, the Corporators along with their followers tried to barge inside. Taking advantage of this other people too followed them, thus forcing the police to wield their lathis to disperse the general crowd.
“The government should add in High School text books about the history of Yadu dynasty, their contribution to the formation and growth of the Mysore. Also, Government should declare holiday on this day, in remembrance of the end of era of Yadu dynasty,” Chikka Raju, member of Sri Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar Organisation.
“I had received a call from Wodeyar in 2002. My hands were showering down while speaking with him. When he congratulated for a programme screened at National Geography, I relaxed and felt very happy. He had knew the snakes scientific name. A very brillinat person,” Snake Shyam
“ This is the not only the respect we are showing to the Wodeyar, but the Yadu Dyansty, thanking for all their endeavor,” Vimalakshmi.