Mysuru: The "Vijaya Yathre" of the scion of the Mysuru royal family, Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar and all other royal traditions associated with the 10th and last day of the Dasara festivities were postponed on Friday as his adopted mother, Pramoda Devi Wadiyar lost her 98- year- old mother, Thursday evening.
Puttachinnammanni, who was being treated in a private hospital, passed away at around 6pm Thursday evening. She was the wife of late Venugopal Raj Urs, and Ms Pramoda devi was their only daughter. Her body was kept for public viewing at the Summer Palace at Nazarbad, where members of the royal family paid their last respects to her. She was cremated at the royal crematorium, Maduvana, on Friday.
According to royal family sources, this is the first time in recent memory that the Vijaya yathre and all other Dasara rituals that bring down the curtains on the nine-day festivities, have been postponed. The last time this happened was during the reign of Maharaja Raja Wadiyar. The yathre and other rituals are now likely to be held on Monday.
The royal family also had a simple Ayudha pooja on Thursday. Dressed in cream royal robes, a pink vally and turban, Mr Yaduveer did the Ayudha pooja to the royal arms and ammunitions at the palace's kalyanamantapa and later did pooja to the Pattada aane (elephant), “Vikrama” and other palace elephants, the Pattada kudure (horse), Pattada Hasu (cow) and the palace camels. The young scion also did pooja to the palanquin and some of the 13 cars.