BENGALURU: A mood of festive joy prevailed in the Mysuru royal family household after the scion Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar’s wife Trishika Kumari Devi gave birth to a baby boy at a private hospital in the city around 9.30pm on Wednesday.
Sources in the royal family said both the child and mother are healthy. Trishika will stay in Bengaluru for a few more months. Trishika hails from the royal family of Rajkot and married Yaduveer in June 2016. Yaduveer was anointed custodian of the Wadiyar family in May 2015 after he was legally adopted by the late Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar’s wife Pramoda Devi.
It’s after more than six decades that a member of the royal family has given birth to a baby. The last time the family celebrated in a grand manner was the birth of Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar in February 1953. Legend has it that the royal family had gone heirless, believed to be a curse of queen Alamelamma. In 1612, Raja Wadiyar took over Mysore after dethroning an ailing Tirumalaraja. His wife Alamelamma then took all ornaments and escaped.
Historians say she was upset with the Wadiyars. When Wadiyar’s soldiers tracked her down, she committed suicide by jumping into Cauvery river and cursed the Wadiyars to an heirless future. But historian Nanjaraj Urs claims there was no Alamelamma. He said Thammaiah Shastry, who penned Rajavamsha Rathaprabha, had come out with the story of Alamelamma. Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar believed that as 16 generations had passed after the curse, he would have a son. After his death, his wife Pramoda Devi Wadiyar adopted Yaduveer Gopal Raj, son of Swarup Anand Gopal Raj Urs and Tripurasundari Devi.