Tuesday, April 1, 2014

'We have become orphan, with the death of King', say villagers

Gaddige, a village developed by Sri Narasimharaja Wodeyar is owing deserted look. The villagers were seen completely broke down, shocked and not ready to accept the demise of Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar.

It was Narasimharaja Wodeyar who developed this village. We have become orphan, with the death of the king,” said villagers emotionally.
Temple chief priest V Karibasava Shastry said that special pujas will be held during Navaratri from decades on the name of Wodeyar's family.

The villagers say, they first time saw Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar when he was 10 year-old. The Wodeyar had took part in the Kendaganneshwara temple jatha mahotsava accompanied with his father Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar in a Rolls Royce Car. It was the first time we saw next prince of Mysore and even Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar using car. The Wodeyars used to come in chariot for hunting animals,” recalled villagers.

After Wodeyar braked the tradition of visiting the temple every year during jatha mahotsava, the temple trustees were giving the prasadam personally to Wodeyar at Palace. In turn, the Wodeyar giving gifts to the priests, was asking to develop the village and inquire their problems.

According to villagers, the village was earlier forest and the men of royal family were going to haunt animals in the forest. After haunting the animals, the Wodeyar's used to rest at the Kendaganneshwara temple constructed during the period of Sri Krishnarajendra Wodeyar.


The people were seen deep mourning when the South gate of Varaha temple was opened. Its strongly believed that the gate is situated to Lord Yamaha facing, and is inauspicious.
Thus, the gate will be kept close always and will be opened only during the demise of any of the Wodeyar family members.
After the death of Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar in 1974, followed by his spouse Tripura Sundari Ammani and Sathya Prema Kumari, the gate was opened on Wednesday, over the demise of last scion of Royal Family Sri Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar.

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A cow has given birth for calf at the palace premises on Wednesday. Plans are been made to name the calf after Sir Narasimharaja Wodeyar, with a belief that Wodeyar has taken rebirth.  

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