Mysuru: Twenty two-year-old Yaduveer Gopal Raj Urs was, on Monday, formally adopted as the heir to Wadiyar dynasty, the erstwhile rulers of Mysuru.
Yaduveer, grandson of Princess Gayathri Devi, is the eldest daughter of the last Maharaja of Mysuru Sri Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar, is pursing his BA at Boston in United States.
He was rechristened Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar at the hour-long adoption ceremony, which began at 1.15 p.m.
The next Mysuru king, Yaduveer Gopal Raj Urs got lessons in the adoption procedure and rituals on Sunday from Maharani Pramoda Devi and will be formally adopted by the Queen on Monday-a pre-requisite for him ascending the famed Mysuru throne.
Yaduveer visited his grandfather Madan Gopal Raj Urs’ residence in Lakshmipuram where his parents Swarup Anand and Tripurasundari performed arthiakshathe ritual, a send-off for their son making him eligible for adoption.
The adoption ceremony, which was a private affair, was conducted in the presence of the royal family’s friends and relatives.
Apart from Home Minister, K.J. George and Housing Minister, M.H. Ambareesh, a host of senior officials of the district administration including Deputy Commissioner, C. Shikha and City Police Commissioner, M.A. Saleem attended the adoption ceremony.