MYSORE

 

MYSORE (Princely State)

(21 gun salute)

 

AREA: 75,563 km2 PRIVY PURSE: 
2,600,000Rs
ACCESSION:  1st June 1949
STATE:  Mysore DYNASTY:  Wadiyar RELIGION:  Hindu

 

PRESENT RULER: HH Maharaja
Shri Kanta
Datta NARASINHARAJA WADIYAR Bahadur
, 26th and present Maharaja
of Mysore since 24th September 1974. (J1,
The Palace, Mysore, Mysore City-570001, Karnataka)

 

born
20th February
1953 in Mysore, 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.

 

PREDECESSORS AND SHORT 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. Rulers
were….

    1. Maharaja VIJAYARAJA,
      1st Maharaja of Mysore 1399/1423

 

    1. Maharaja CHAMARAJA II,
      2nd Maharaja of Mysore 1423/1459

 

    1. Maharaja TIMMARAJA I,
      3rd Maharaja of Mysore 1459/1478

 

    1. Maharaja CHAMARAJA III,
      4th Maharaja of Mysore 1478/1513

 

    1. Maharaja CHAMARAJA IV,
      5th Maharaja of Mysore 1513/1553

 

    1. Maharaja TIMMARAJA II,
      6th Maharaja of Mysore 1553/1572

 

    1. Maharaja CHAMARAJA V,
      7th Maharaja of Mysore 1572/1576

 

    1. Maharaja BETTADA DEVARAJA,
      8th Maharaja of Mysore 1576/1577

 

    1. Maharaja RAJA WADEYAR,
      9th Maharaja of Mysore 1577/1617, died 1617.

 

    1. Maharaja CHAMARAJA VI,
      10th Maharaja of Mysore 1617/1637

 

    1. Maharaja IMMADIRAJA,
      11th Maharaja of Mysore 1637/1638

 

    1. Maharaja NARASSARAJA,
      12th Maharaja of Mysore 1638/1659

 

    1. Maharaja KEMPADEVARAJA,
      13th Maharaja of Mysore 1659/1671

 

    1. Maharaja CHIKKA DEVARAJA,
      14th Maharaja of Mysore 1671/1705 or 1673/1704, born 1629,
      died 1705.

 

    1. Maharaja MUKARASURAJA,
      15th Maharaja of Mysore 1705/1714

 

    1. Maharaja KRISHNARAJA I,
      16th Maharaja of Mysore 1714/1731

 

    1. Maharaja CHAMARAJA VII,
      17th Maharaja of Mysore 1731/1734, died 1734.

 

    1. Maharaja KRISHNARAJA II,
      18th Maharaja of Mysore 1734/1766, born 1729, died 1766.

 

    1. Maharaja NANJARAJA,
      19th Maharaja of Mysore 1766/1771, born 1750, died 1771.

 

    1. Maharaja CHAMARAJA VIII,
      20th Maharaja of Mysore 1771/1776, born 1758, died 1776.

 

    1. Maharaja CHAMARAJA IX
      , 21st Maharaja of Mysore 1776/1796, born 1775, married
      Maharani Lakshmi
      Ammanni Urs, daughter of Gopal Raj Urs, and had issue. He died 1796.

HAIDER ALI
KHAN 1762/1782 (Usurper)

TIPU SULTAN
Shah Bahadur 1782/1799
(Usurper)

    1. Maharaja
      KRISHNARAJA III
      [Mummudi Krishna Raja Wadiyar], 22nd Maharaja of
      Mysore 1799/1868, born 1796,
      married
      1stly Maharani (name unknown),
      married
      2ndly, Maharani Devajammani Sita Vilasa Anaro, died 1893 (#3), and had issue. He died
      1868.

      • 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.

 

    1. HH
      Sir Sri Maharajah CHAMARAJENDRA X WADIYAR
      , 23rd Maharaja of
      Mysore 1868/1894, born 22nd
      February
      1863,
      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,
      Kempananjammanni
      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
        (qv)
      • HH Yuvaraja Sir Sri Kantirava Narasinharaja Wadiyar, born
        5th June
        1888,
        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
          Maharaja Vrijendra
          Singh Sahib of Bharatpur, and had
          issue.
          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,
          three children.

          • Rajkumar Prithviraj Urs, married Shivamala
            Urs, and had issue, one son and four daughters.

            • Yogendra
              Prithviraj Urs
            • 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)

    1. Col. HH
      Maharaja Sir Shri
      KRISHNARAJA IV
      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.1911], G.C.S.I.
      [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
      the
      Viceroy on 8th August 1902, first chancellor of Banaras Hindu
      University and
      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
      veena;
      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;
      during
      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
      George
      V Silver Jubilee Medal in 1935 and the King George VI Coronation Medal
      in 1937; married 6th June 1900, HH Maharani Lakshmi Vilas
      Sannidhana
      Pratapa
      Kumari Devi Bai, daughter of Rana Thala Bane Singhji of Vana
      in Kathiawar, died sp 1953. He died sp 3rd August 1940
      at
      Bangalore.

 

    1. 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
      18th
      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
      Prema
      Kumari
      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
        Sirdar Rama
        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
            1992.
          • 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
        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
          29th July 1981 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 1954, married
        Kunwar
        Atmanaya Dev Singh
        [Kumar Shri Atmanayadevsinhji Surendrasinhji] of Wadhwan, born 1947, 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 1962, married
        Kunwar
        Gajendra Singh of Auwa,
        and has issue.

 

  1. HH Maharaja Shri Kanta
    Datta NARASINHARAJA WADIYAR Bahadur
    , 26th Maharaja of Mysore
    (see above)

 

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