|PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY:
before 1350, though it was in existence since about 350AD when the
Ganga Dynasty ruled this area. They were eventually displaced in
by the Hoysala Dynasty till 1346. Sometime thereafter, the two brothers
Vijaya and Krishna settled themselves in two fortresses of the Hadana
initially vassals of the Hindu Vijayanagar Empire, they became the
of the Wadiyar dynasty. In the 16th century, Hiriya Bettada Chamaraja
gave the fortress of Puragarh to one of his three sons, Appana
II who named the place Mahishasura. The name was transformed to Maisur
or Mysore and this kingdom became independant in 1565 when the
Empire fell. From 1755 until 1799, the throne was usurped by two Muslim
rulers, but the British restored the Wadiyar Maharajas. Rulers
- 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 1617.
- 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 1629,
- 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 1734.
- Maharaja KRISHNARAJA II,
18th Maharaja of Mysore 1734/1766, born 1729, died 1766.
- Maharaja NANJARAJA,
19th Maharaja of Mysore 1766/1771, born 1750, died 1771.
- Maharaja CHAMARAJA VIII,
20th Maharaja of Mysore 1771/1776, born 1758, died 1776.
- Maharaja CHAMARAJA IX
, 21st Maharaja of Mysore 1776/1796, born 1775, married
Ammanni Urs, daughter of Gopal Raj Urs, and had issue. He died 1796.
KHAN 1762/1782 (Usurper)
Shah Bahadur 1782/1799
KRISHNARAJA III [Mummudi Krishna Raja Wadiyar], 22nd Maharaja of
Mysore 1799/1868, born 1796,
1stly Maharani (name unknown),
2ndly, Maharani Devajammani Sita Vilasa Anaro, died 1893 (#3), and had issue. He died
- Maharajkumari Devajammanni Wodiyar (by 1st wife), married
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.
Sir Sri Maharajah CHAMARAJENDRA X WADIYAR, 23rd Maharaja of
Mysore 1868/1894, born 22nd
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 1934 (#4), daughter of Sirdar Narase
Urs of Kalale, and his wife,
Avaru, and had issue, two sons and three daughters. He died
1894 of diphtheria in Calcutta.
- Col. HH Maharajah Sir Shri Krishnaraja IV Wadiyar Bahadur
- 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 12th March 1940.
- Yuvarajkumari Jaya Chamunda Ammani Avaru [HH the
Maharani of Bharatpur], married HH Shri
Singh Sahib of Bharatpur, and had
She died 1954.
- 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 (#2), Sirdar
Sir M. Kanth Raj Urs, Dewan of Mysore.
- Maharajkumari Krishnajammani Wadiyar, married 20th April
1896 (#2), Col.
J. Desaraj Urs, Commander of the Mysore Lancers, and had issue, one son
and three daughters. She died of tuberculosis
and the Royal Family established the Princess Krishnajammani TB
Sanitorium at Mysore in her memory.
- Rajkumar C. Desaraj Urs, married and had issue,
- Rajkumar Prithviraj Urs, married Shivamala
Urs, and had issue, one son and four daughters.
- 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
Kempananjammanni Vani Vilasa
- Col. HH
Maharaja Sir Shri
WADIYAR Bahadur, 24th Maharaja of Mysore
1894/1940, born 4th
June 1884 at the Royal Palace, Mysore, G.B.E.(civ) [cr.1917], G.C.St.J.
[cr.1907], educated at the Royal School in the Summer
Palace premises (Lokaranjan Palace), educated in administrative matters
by Sir Stuart Fraser of the Bombay Civil Service, also studied the
principles of jurisprudence and methods of revenue administration, as
well as music and horse riding; he was granted full ruling powers by
Viceroy on 8th August 1902, first chancellor of Banaras Hindu
University of Mysore, he instituted the Legislative Council in 1907, a
Donat of Order
of St John of Jerusalem in England, Hon. Colonel 26th King’s Own Indian
Cavalry 1910; he was a patron of both Indian and Western Classical
Music and himself was an accomplished player of eight instruments, viz.
flute, violin, saxophone, piano, mridangam, nadaswara, sitar, and
he helped found the Indian Institute of Science at Bangalore
in 1911 with the gift of 371 acres of land and a donation of funds;
his reign, Mysore became the first Indian state to generate
hydro-electric power in Asia, and Bangalore was the first Asian city to
have street lights, which were lit on 5th August 1905; he was honoured
with the Delhi Durbar Gold Medal in 1903 and again 1911, the King
V Silver Jubilee Medal in 1935 and the King George VI Coronation Medal
in 1937; married 6th June 1900, HH Maharani Lakshmi Vilas
Kumari Devi Bai, daughter of Rana Thala Bane Singhji of Vana
in Kathiawar, died sp 1953. He died sp 3rd August 1940
- 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
July 1919, 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.) (#1), HH Maharani Sathya
of Charkhari, died 1983, married 2ndly, 30th April 1944, HH Maharani
Tripura Sundarammani Yavaru,
died 1983, and
had issue. He died 24th September 1974.
- Maharajkumari Gayatri Devi Yavaru, born 1946, married
Chandra Raj Urs, died 29th June 2011, adopted
son of Rajkumari Leelavati and Sirdar Basava Raj Urs, and had issue,
one son and three daughters.
She died 1974.
- Tripurasundari Devi, born 1966,
educated at Mysore
University, married Swarup Anand Gopalaraja Urs of the Bettada Kote
branch of the Mysore Royal Family, born 1960, and has issue.
- Yaduveer Gopalaraj Urs, born
- Jayatmika Lakshmi, born 1995.
- 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 1951, former
Member of the
Board of Karnataka, owner of a riding school in Bangalore Palace
called Princess Academy of Equitation, married M. R. Lakshmi Kanth Raje
Urs, a Lawyer, and has issue.
- Varchuswee SS Raje Urs, born
29th July 1981 in
Bangalore, B.A. and
and an Advocate, Manager of Two Horse Safaris and the Princess
of Equitation, Matadipathi of Malvali, Honnakayanhalli, Kapadi and
- HH Maharaja Shri Kanta Datta Narasinharaja Wadiyar
- Maharajkumari Kamakshi Devi Yavaru, born 1954, married
Atmanaya Dev Singh
[Kumar Shri Atmanayadevsinhji Surendrasinhji] of Wadhwan, born 1947, and has issue, twin
- Maharajkumari Indirakshi Devi Yavaru, married
Urs, and has
- Ms. Samyukta Lakshmi, graduate
in commerce and
- Aditya Gurudev Urs, graduate in
commerce as well as in
Master in Business systems from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
- Maharajkumari Vishalakshi Devi Yavaru, born 1962, married
Gajendra Singh of Auwa,
and has issue.
- HH Maharaja Shri Kanta
Datta NARASINHARAJA WADIYAR Bahadur, 26th Maharaja of Mysore