Mysuru: In a break with tradition, the scion of the Mysuru royal family, Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, went on his delayed “Vijaya yathre” in a BMW car on Monday instead of the silver chariot that is used on the occasion that marks the last day of the Dasara festivities in the city.
The ritual, which was supposed to be held last Friday, was postponed owing to the death of Mr Yaduveer’s grandmother, Puttachinnammanni Thursday evening. With the royal family also losing Vishalakshi Devi, daughter of the 25th scion, Jayachamaraja Wadiyar , on Friday, all rituals associated with Vijayadashmi day too were put off and were performed only symbolically on Monday.
Mr Yaduveer, who was dressed in cream royal robes, a pink vally and a purple turban, participated in a series of traditional rituals and poojas including the Ayuda Uttara Pooja, before settling down to watch the customary Vajramushti kalaga at the Savar Thotti in Mysuru Palace on Monday.
He later went on his “Vijaya yathre” to the temple of goddess Bhuvaneswari in the palace grounds and performed a pooja there. Dasara elephants, Vikrama, Vijaya and Gopi participated in the “Vijaya yathre” along with a pattada hasu (cow), and a pattada kudure (horse) as the palace band played the anthem of the former Mysuru kingdom, “Kayo Srigowri.” Once the royals had performed all their rituals for Dasara, the idol of goddess Chamudeswari was moved from the Kannadi Thotti to the Chamundi Thotti, drawing the curtains on the celebrations....