23-year-old Yaduveer Wodiyar becomes King of Mysore

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Karnataka’s cultural capital, Mysore gleamed with joy as Boston-educated Yaduveer Wadiyar was crowned king on Thursday in a grand coronation.

The 23-year-old Yaduveer from the Wadiyar dynasty, that ruled the erstwhile Mysore kingdom from 1399 till 1950, was crowned the ‘Maharaja of Mysore’ in Amba Vilas Palace, following which he made a public appearance to address the poeple from the balcony of the palace.

Yaduveer is pursuing a degree course in English and Economics from Boston in the U.S.

About 40 priests conducted the coronation ceremony at the ‘Akalyana Mantap’ in the Durbar Hall of the place. Special prayers of Hindu gods and goddesses was held in all the 16 temples located in the palace premises. As per the rituals, the queen escorted the young prince to the Silver Throne for his crowning. About 1,200 members of the royal family from across the country and overseas, besides other dignitaries, including state Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, cabinet ministers, lawmakers and special invitees were present in the ceremony, PTI reported.

Acknowledging the coronation of Yaduveer, KJ George, Minister of Home for the state of Karnataka told ANI, “He is a young person,highly eduicated & qualified. I hope he will inspire the youth of Karnataka and the country.”

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