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Updated: September 30, 2013 09:56 IST

Golden throne readied in Mysore for Dasara

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Priceless Heritage: The golden throne, assembled in the Mysore palace on Sunday, will be on display for the public from October 5 to 13. Photo: M. A. Sriram
The Hindu Priceless Heritage: The golden throne, assembled in the Mysore palace on Sunday, will be on display for the public from October 5 to 13. Photo: M. A. Sriram

The golden throne was brought out from the Mysore palace strongroom on Sunday and readied for Dasara.

A piece of priceless heritage, it will be used for conducting the ‘khas durbar’ (private durbar) by Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar of the erstwhile royal family during the Navaratri festival.

For people visiting Mysore it is the only opportunity to catch a glimpse of the throne as it is dismantled and secured in the strongroom after the festivities.

The assembling of the throne — including the main seat, the umbrella and the series of steps leading to the seat — on Sunday was accompanied by special rituals supervised by a group of priests. After this, a curtain was drawn to mask the throne.

The throne will be on display for the public from October 5 to 13.

The origin of the throne is shrouded in mystery. Though historians believe that it was a gift by the Mughals, a legend links it to the Pandavas of the Mahabharata. According to the legend, the throne lay buried in Penugonda, now in Andhra Pradesh, and was retrieved by Harihara-I, one of the founders of the Vijayanagara Empire, following sage Vidyaranya’s instructions. After the fall of the Vijayanagara Empire, the throne passed on to their governor Srirangaraya at Srirangapatana, who handed it to Raja Wadiyar in 1610. The throne has been with the Wadiyar family since then but for a brief interlude when Mysore was ruled by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan.

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These rituals are priceless legacies of the golden age. More proud is the fact that the great last Maharaja, who is mantioned as the founder and ex Presidnt of the VHP stressed that Hinduism is a peace loving religion. The letter of Vivekananda thanking the former Maharaja Chamrajendra Wadiyar for sponsoring Vivekananda's trip to Chicago, to spread the great peacefulness if this religion,lies in those who sat on this "religious throne" in a very holy manner. These ceremonies are a very important historical record of Karnataka.

from:  Joseph Frankel
Posted on: Sep 30, 2013 at 06:00 IST
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