MYSURU: While people have read tonnes of stories about Wadiyars, the erstwhile rulers of Mysuru princely state, now it’s time to hear from the custodian of over 600-year old Yadu dynasty.
Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, the 27th titular ruler of Yadu dynasty, has launched a digital newsletter, ‘Bherunda’, to share the cornucopia of information he has inherited from his ancestors.
The bi-monthly newsletter was launched without fanfare on Tuesday on erstwhile royal family scion’s website www.ykcwadiyar.in.
The Kannada version of the newsletter will be launched in a day or two, Yaduveer said.He told Express, “It was long in my mind and it took wings especially after I assumed the new role (as the titular ruler of Yadu dynasty) three years ago. It’s a joint in-house effort as those related to the family have contributed to bring it out. The cover photo with myself in royal sartorial elegance was clicked on the last day of the private durbar during recently concluded Dasara, by Varchusvi M L Urs (son of late princess Meenakshi Devi), also an avid photographer”.
“Though planned as Dasara edition, it has finally come out today. I wanted it to be crisp without compromising on the quality,” said Yaduveer. “It was only after I assumed the new role did I come across the custom and rituals and the values they carry. Moreover, there may not be any region or part of the country which is not entwined with the history of Wadiyars. As and when I come across such long standing connects, I let my literary traits flow.’’
The chapter titled ‘Visit to Dharmasthala’ gives an insight into the nascent days of Yakshagana in Mysuru when the then Dharmadhikari, Kumarayya Heggade, brought a Yakshagana troupe during the reign of Mummadi Krishnarjaa Wadiyar.Why Bherunda? Yaduveer says, “it’s derived from our royal emblem Ganda Bherunda.”
What you get to read
The newsletter begins with the foreword by Yaduveer, followed by the chapter titled ‘Advent of Yadavas- Part I’, which is about the birth of Yadu dynasty in 1399 preceding by the bloody battle to oust the chieftain by name Maranayaka. The cover story
gives a peek into Dasara’s past and present.