India royals marry in grand ceremony

Yaduveer-TrishikaIn a grand ceremony the Maharaja of Mysore, Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar married Trishika Kumari the daughter of the Maharaja of Dungarpur, Rajasthan, at the Mysore City Royal palace.

The couple have known each other for years and were childhood friends.

Some 1000 guests, including the Karnataka state Chief Minister K Siddaramaiah, attended the ceremony and 2500 more were invited to an evening reception.

It was a typical south Indian Mysorean wedding with a small pooja ritual for the bride before the ceremony began. One royal relative said, in their families the girl adapts to the traditions of the boy’s family.

The royal couple are now custodians of over 1500 acres of land spread across Mysore, Bangalore, Hassan, Channapatna and other places in Karnataka.

Another reception is to be held in Bangalore.

India’s royalty lost their official powers when the nation gained independence in 1947, but the modern-day Maharajas are still wealthy and influential.