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Dynasty

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21

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Individual residency

Accession

1st June 1949

Area

75,563 Square Kilometers km²

Privy Purse

INR 2,600,000

Hindi Name

मयसूर

Last Updated

28th Jul, 2017

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HH Maharaja Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wodeyar (prev. Yaduveer Gopal Raj Urs), born , coronated on 28th May 2015 after the death of Srikantadatta Narisimharaja Wodeyar in 2013. He is the grandnephew of Srikantadatta Wodeyar and Pramodadevi, grandson of the Srikantadatta Wodeyar's eldest sister Gayathri Devi and son of Swarup Anand Gopal Raj Urs and his wife Tripura Sundari Devi. [Facebook] [Wikipedia] [NDTV] [The Hindu]

Born as Yaduveer Gopalraj Urs, he is the only son of Swarup Anand Gopalaraj Urs (1 January 1960) of the Bettadakote clan of the Urs family, and his wife, Rajakumari Tripurasundari Devi (born ) (nick name, Leela), the niece of the late Maharaja and the eldest daughter of Maharajakumari Gayatri Devi (10 October 1946-July 1974) and her husband Sardar K.B.Ramachandraraj Urs (10 May 1936 – 29 June 2011). He has a younger sister Jayathmika Lakshmi, currently studying in England.

He studied in Vidya Niketan School in Bangalore up to class 10, and completed his education through class 12 at the Canadian International School, Bangalore, after which he left for the United States. He is currently an undergraduate at University of Massachusetts Boston, majoring in economics and English.

Maharaja Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja got married at Mysuru Palace on 26th July 2016 to Rajkumari Trishikha Kumari, daughter of Yuvraj Shri Harshvardhan Singh of Dungarpur. [IndiaToday] [News18]

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History

Founded before 1350, though it was in existence since about 350AD when the Western Ganga Dynasty ruled this area. They were eventually displaced in 1024 by the Hoysala Dynasty till 1346. Sometime thereafter, the two brothers Vijaya and Krishna settled themselves in two fortresses of the Hadana region, initially vassals of the Hindu Vijayanagar Empire, they became the founders of the Wadiyar dynasty. In the 16th century, Hiriya Bettada Chamaraja III gave the fortress of Puragarh to one of his three sons, Appana Timmaraja II who named the place Mahishasura. The name was transformed to Maisur or Mysore and this kingdom became independant in 1565 when the Vijayanagar Empire fell. From 1755 until 1799, the throne was usurped by two Muslim rulers, but the British restored the Wadiyar Maharajas.
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Genealogy

  • Maharaja VIJAYARAJA, 1st Maharaja of Mysore 1399/1423
  • Maharaja CHAMARAJA II, 2nd Maharaja of Mysore 1423/1459
  • Maharaja TIMMARAJA I, 3rd Maharaja of Mysore 1459/1478
  • Maharaja CHAMARAJA III, 4th Maharaja of Mysore 1478/1513
  • Maharaja CHAMARAJA IV, 5th Maharaja of Mysore 1513/1553
  • Maharaja TIMMARAJA II, 6th Maharaja of Mysore 1553/1572
  • Maharaja CHAMARAJA V, 7th Maharaja of Mysore 1572/1576
  • Maharaja BETTADA DEVARAJA, 8th Maharaja of Mysore 1576/1577
  • Maharaja RAJA WADEYAR, 9th Maharaja of Mysore 1577/1617, died .
  • Maharaja CHAMARAJA VI, 10th Maharaja of Mysore 1617/1637
  • Maharaja IMMADIRAJA, 11th Maharaja of Mysore 1637/1638
  • Maharaja NARASSARAJA, 12th Maharaja of Mysore 1638/1659
  • Maharaja KEMPADEVARAJA, 13th Maharaja of Mysore 1659/1671
  • Maharaja CHIKKA DEVARAJA, 14th Maharaja of Mysore 1671/1705 or 1673/1704, born , died .
  • Maharaja MUKARASURAJA, 15th Maharaja of Mysore 1705/1714
  • Maharaja KRISHNARAJA I, 16th Maharaja of Mysore 1714/1731
  • Maharaja CHAMARAJA VII, 17th Maharaja of Mysore 1731/1734, died .
  • Maharaja KRISHNARAJA II, 18th Maharaja of Mysore 1734/1766, born , died .
  • Maharaja NANJARAJA, 19th Maharaja of Mysore 1766/1771, born , died .
  • Maharaja CHAMARAJA VIII, 20th Maharaja of Mysore 1771/1776, born , died .
  • Maharaja CHAMARAJA IX, 21st Maharaja of Mysore 1776/1796, born , married Maharani Lakshmi Ammanni Urs, daughter of Gopal Raj Urs, and had issue. He died .
  • HAIDER ALI KHAN 1762/1782 (Usurper) TIPU SULTAN Shah Bahadur 1782/1799 (Usurper)
  • Maharaja KRISHNARAJA III [Mummudi Krishna Raja Wadiyar], 22nd Maharaja of Mysore 1799/1868, born , married 1stly Maharani (name unknown), married 2ndly, Maharani Devajammani Sita Vilasa Anaro, died , and had issue. He died .
    • Maharajkumari Devajammanni Wodiyar (by 1st wife), married Chikka Krishna Urs of the Bettadakote branch of the Royal Family, and had issue.
      • HH Sir Sri Maharajah Chamarajendra X Wadiyar (qv)
    • Natural Son, married and had issue.
      • Devaparthivaraj Wadiyar Bahadur, died after 1885.
  • HH Sir Sri Maharajah CHAMARAJENDRA X WADIYAR, 23rd Maharaja of Mysore 1868/1894, born , G.C.S.I., he was granted full ruling powers in 1881, he instituted the Representative Assembly of Mysore state also in 1881, founded the Kannada Bashojjivini School, he encouraged the founding of Agricultural Banks to help finance farmers and initiated Life Insurance for government employees, he was an entusiastic patron of arts and music, as well as a musician himself; married 1878, HH Maharani Kempananjammanni Vani Vilasa Sannidhana, died , daughter of Sirdar Narase Urs of Kalale, and his wife, Kempananjammanni Avaru, and had issue, two sons and three daughters. He died of diphtheria in Calcutta.
    • Col. HH Maharajah Sir Shri Krishnaraja IV Wadiyar Bahadur (qv)
    • HH Yuvaraja Sir Sri Kantirava Narasinharaja Wadiyar, born , educated at Mayo College, Ajmer; a member of the Council of Ministers, he was granted the style of His Highness in 1917, K.C.I.E. [cr.1911], G.C.I.E. [cr.1915], married 1910, HH Yuvrani Kempu Cheluvammanniyavaru Urs, and had issue, one son and three daughters. He died .
      • Yuvarajkumari Jaya Chamunda Ammani Avaru [HH the Maharani of Bharatpur], married HH Shri Maharaja Vrijendra Singh Sahib of Bharatpur, and had issue. She died .
      • HH Maharaja Sir Shri Jaya Chamaraja Wadiyar Bahadur (qv)
      • Yuvarajkumari Sujaya Kantha Ammani [Thakurani Sujaya Devi of Sanand], married the Thakur Saheb of Sanand.
      • Yuvarajkumari Vijaya Lakshmi Ammani [Thakurani Vijaya Devi of Kotda-Sangani], married about 1942, Thakur Saheb Pradyumna Singh of Kotda-Sangani, and had issue.
    • Maharajkumari Jayalakshmi Ammani Wadiyar, married 15th February 1897, Sirdar Sir M. Kanth Raj Urs, Dewan of Mysore.
    • Maharajkumari Krishnajammani Wadiyar, married 20th April 1896, Col. J. Desaraj Urs, Commander of the Mysore Lancers, and had issue, one son and three daughters. She died o f tuberculosis and the Royal Family established the Princess Krishnajammani TB Sanitorium at Mysore in her memory.
      • Rajkumar C. Desaraj Urs, married and had issue, three children.
        • Rajkumar Prithviraj Urs, married Shivamala Urs, and had issue, one son and four daughters.
          • Yogendra Prithviraj Urs, married to Sreya Urs and has issues, 2 sons.
            • Simhendra Yogendra Urs, born O ctober 1999.
            • Amartya Desaraj Yogendra Urs, born .
          • Mrinalini Devi Urs
          • Aarti Devi Urs
          • Mayurakshi Devi Urs
          • Deepika Devi Urs
        • Major Desaraj Urs
        • Geeta Devi Urs
    • Maharajkumari Cheluvajammani Wadiyar, married 1900, Sirdar M. Lakshmi Kanth Raj Urs.
  • HH Maharani Kempananjammanni Vani Vilasa Sannidhana 1894/1902 (Regent)
  • HH Maharaja Shri Sir JAYA CHAMARAJA WADIYAR Bahadur, 25th Maharaja of Mysore 1940/1974, G.C.S.I. [cr.1945], G.C.B. [cr.1946], born , a philosopher, musicologist, political thinker and philanthropist, educated at the Maharaja's College, Mysore, graduating in 1938, Rajpramukh of Mysore State 1950/1956, first Governor of the unified State of Mysore 1956/1964 and later was transferred as the Governor of the State of Madras (Tamil Nadu) 1964/1967, a Licentiate of the Guild Hall of Music, London and honorary Fellow of Trinity College of Music, London in 1945, he was elected as the first president of the Philharmonia Concert Society, London in 1948, a fellow and president of Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi, 1966; author of a number of literary works, including The Quest for Peace: an Indian Approach, 1959; Dattatreya: The Way & The Goal, 1957; The Gita and Indian Culture,1963; Religion And Man, 1965; Avadhuta: Reason & Reverence,1958; An Aspect Of Indian Aesthetics, 1956; Puranas As The Vehicles Of India's Philosophy Of History, 1963; he was awarded a Doctor of Literature from the University of Queensland, Australia and from the Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu, and a Doctor of Law from the Benaras Hindu University, the first Chairman of the Indian Wild Life Board, founder-president of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, he married 1stly, 15th May 1938 (sep'd.), HH Maharani Sathya Prema Kumari of Charkhari, died , married 2ndly, 30th April 1944, HH Maharani Tripura Sundarammani Yavaru, died , and had issue. He died .
    • Maharajkumari Gayatri Devi Yavaru, born , married Sirdar Rama Chandra Raj Urs, died , adopted son of Rajkumari Leelavati and Sirdar Basava Raj Urs, and had issue, one son and three daughters. She died .
      • Tripurasundari Devi, born , educated at Mysore University, married Swarup Anand Gopalaraja Urs of the Bettada Kote branch of the Mysore Royal Family, born , and has issue.
        • Yaduveer Gopalaraj Urs, born .
        • Jayatmika Lakshmi, born .
      • Chaduranga Kanth Raj Urs, married Priyanka from the family of Princess Krishnajammanni.
      • Rajkumarani Keerti Devi, married Rajkumar Shailendra Singh of Ajaigarh, and has issue.
    • Maharajkumari Meenakshi Devi Yavaru, born , former Member of the Social Welfare Board of Karnataka, owner of a riding school in Bangalore Palace grounds called Princess Academy of Equitation, married M. R. Lakshmi Kanth Raje Urs, a Lawyer, and has issue.
      • Varchuswee SS Raje Urs, born in Bangalore, B.A. and LL.B. and an Advocate, Manager of Two Horse Safaris and the Princess Academy of Equitation, Matadipathi of Malvali, Honnakayanhalli, Kapadi and BGPura.
    • HH Maharaja Shri Kanta Datta Narasinharaja Wadiyar Bahadur (qv)
    • Maharajkumari Kamakshi Devi Yavaru, born , married Kunwar Atmanaya Dev Singh [Kumar Shri Atmanayadevsinhji Surendrasinhji] of Wadhwan, born , and has issue, twin daughters.
    • Maharajkumari Indirakshi Devi Yavaru, married Raja Chandra Urs, and has issue.
      • Ms. Samyukta Lakshmi, graduate in commerce and studying M.B.A.
      • Aditya Gurudev Urs, graduate in commerce as well as in Master in Business systems from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
    • Maharajkumari Vishalakshi Devi Yavaru, born , married Kunwar Gajendra Singh of Auwa, and has issue.
  • HH Maharaja Shri Kanta Datta NARASINHARAJA WADIYAR Bahadur, 26th Maharaja of Mysore from 24th September 1974 to 10th December 2013. (J1, The Palace, Mysore, Mysore City-570001, Karnataka), born in Mysore, died , M.A. (Pol. Sc.), LL.B., educated at Maharaja College and Sharda Vilas Law College, Mysore; elected to the 8th, 9th, 11th and 13th Lok Sabha. Member of the following committes.. Committee on Private Members' Bills and Resolutions, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Tourism, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Civil Aviation 1984/1989, Committee on Private Members' Bills and Resolutions 1989/1991, Consultative Committee, Ministries of Commerce and Tourism 1990/1991, Committee on Transport & Tourism 1999/2000. Chairman of the Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery; the HH Mahevani Lakshammamiavam Educational Trust; and the HH Yuvarani Kempuchelo-Vajammaummani Educational Trust; President, Gunamtra Maternity and Child Welfare Centre; Patron, Sri Jayachamarajendra Educational Trust; also worked as Lecturer in Political Science at Post Graduation level in the Department of Political Science, Mysore University. Special Interests are..reading books on philosophy, theology, political science and economics, favourite pastimes include reading, collection of objets d'art and watches. Member of the following clubs: Mysore Sports Club; Bangalore Golf Club; Mysore Race Club; Bangalore Turf Club; Delhi Race Club; Karnataka State Cricket Association and Club House. Chairman and Managing Director Wadiyar Investments (P) Ltd.; Sri Venkateswara Real Estate Enterprises (P) Ltd.; and Mysore International Travel Agency (P) Ltd.; Patron and Managing Partner, Sri Manjunath Packing and Works Wadiyar Regency Rooms Theatre Complex; and Gayatri Enterprises and Saraswati Enterprises, married 2nd February 1976, HH Soubhagyavati Maharani Sri Satya Pramoda Kumari Ju Devija Ammani Avaru of the Urs family. He had no issues. [Wikipedia]
  • HH Maharaja Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wodeyar, 27th and present Maharaja of Mysore (see above)
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