Tuesday, April 1, 2014

“When Wodeyar was born, Sugar was distributed”

I was 17-year-old then. I still remember the celebration held during his birth. The sugar was brought in bullock carts and distributed in bamboo mora which was common then. The celebrations were very high in the palace during the time,” said 77-year-old Kamalakshmi with tears sliding down from eyes.

I was residing near Kesare, then called as Kalpavruksha Nagar. Jayachmarajendra Wodeyar had distributed sugar across city, spreading the happy news. Its very unfortunate today am witnessing his funeral. What an irony,” added Kamalakshmi with moist eyes.

Narasimharaja Wodeyar used to bring his sisters to Maharani College. They were given education in separate classrooms. I questioned our teachers in this regard. Later, he made me to understood their highness,” she added. Kamalakshmi had also witnessed the death of Sri Jayachamaraja Wodeyar in 1974, last Maharaja of the princely state of Mysore and father of Narasimhara Wodeyar.

Reminiscing the early days, another 75-year-old Sarojamma said that
Jayachamarajenda Wodeyar also passed away in Bangalore Palace and it is very unfortunate that the last Ruler of the Yadu dynasty too passed away in Bangalore.

During the death of Jaya Chamarajaendra Wodeyar common people were not allowed inside. Only members belonging to the royal family, his dear and near ones were given entry. We came wearing sarees while men had came dressed in white dothi.”

Earlier to democracy, when the King ruled, they gave special attention for the upliftment of poor families, making them economically stronger, poviding job in the palace, she added.

72-year-old Javarappa og Gejjige, Mysore Taluk said: “The legacy of Narasimharaja Wodeyar began and ended in front of my eyes. Though an another member from the family may be chosen to sit on the throne, the charisma and respect the Royal lineage got can never be compared. With the death of 26th Ruler of Yadu Dynasty, the Mysore's Royal dynasty has come to an end,” he added.
Infact, among majority of the senior citizens who are now in their mid of 60's and 80s have witnessed the death of last two rulers of Yadu Dynasty and birth of Narasimharaja Wodeyar. 

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