Mysuru Dasara's private darbar, a slice of royal past

Mysuru Dasara

Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-10-01 19:28 Mysuru: As the dasara festivities began, the historical khasagi darbar or private darbar was kicked off by royal scion Yaduveer Wadiyar at the ornate glass-topped hall of the Amba Vilas Palace, here on Saturday. Dressed in royal robes, Yaduveer arrived to a customary welcome and before ascending on the golden throne, he performed a special puja to the throne. He was assisted by the priests. This is Yaduveer’s first private darbar after his marriage to Trishika Kumari Singh.   As he ascended the golden throne, Maharani Pramoda Devi Wadiyar and Trishika Kumar Singh greeted him. They were followed by other family members. The private darbar has strictly remained a family affair after the government took over dasara celebrations declaring it a Nadahabba, a state festival. The whole private darbar gives a glimpse into the bygone era complete replete with assistants, commanders and even guards. It was Raja Wadiyar who initiated the celebrations as the maharaja of Mysuru at Srirangapatana, the then capital of Mysuru dynasty. Even after the abolition of privy purse and accession of royal states the erstwhile maharajas of Mysore have kept this tradition of private durbar alive and for nine days in the evening scion ascend the golden throne much to the appreciation of the traditions by many visitors. The durbar will be held in the evening from October 2, at 7 pm.