MYSORE: Pramoda Devi Wadiyar should ascend the golden throne to continue the tradition of Dasara festivities instead of following the vaidik custom, C S Dwarakanath, former chairman, Karnataka State Backward Classess Commission, said on Sunday.
He was speaking after inaugurating the birth anniversary celebration of Sri Jayachamaraja Wadiyar organised by Sri Manteswamy Mutt in association with Karnataka Rajya Ursu Mahasabha in the city.
Dwarakanath said there was confusion on who should lead the Dasara festivities which will begin on September 25, after the death of Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar. “Some people wanted to place the sword of Maharaja on the golden throne. But in my opinion Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, widow of Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, should ascend the throne,” he said. “The wife of Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar had pledged her ornaments to raise money for construction of the KRS dam. Therefore, the tradition of Dasara should not be stopped just because there is no male successor,” he urged.
He demanded that the state government install a statue of Sri Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar in front of the Crawford Hall in recognition of his contributions to the state and as part of centenary celebrations of the University of Mysore. He slammed Chief Minister Siddaramaiah accusing him of appeasing the Kuruba community though he came to power chanting the mantra of Ahinda. “After the regime of D Devaraj Urs, all chief ministers have given importance to their own communities and neglected the microscopic communities. Siddaramaiah is not an exception to this,” he said.