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After four decades, Mysore palace witnesses “The Royal Wedding”

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MYSORE, India (DIYA TV) After nearly 40 years, Mysore Palace was illuminated and  witnessed the Royal Wedding of the Wadiyar Family on 27th June, 2016 in Mysore. The 27th king of the Wadiyar Family, formerly known “Yaduveer Krishnadutta Chamaraja Wadiyar” tied the knot with Trishika Kumari, princess of Dungarpur in Rajasthan.

The ceremony took place in the “Kalyana Mantapa” of the Amba Vilas Palace. The wedding witnessed over 80 Royal families and a thousand dignitaries from India and other foreign countries. As per the Wadiyar dynasty traditions, the intricate wedding ceremony began with invocations to the royal family deity Hindu Goddess Chamundeshwari followed by 50 other traditional rituals performed by the bride and groom.

The 24 year groom old was made the 27th titular head of the Mysore-Wadiyar family after the passing of Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wodeyar. According to the legends, no king of Mysore can have a son to succeed the throne and, Yaduveer too was adopted by the royal family as the successor in a ceremony. He was adopted on February 23, 2015 and later, he was crowned as the 27th Maharaja on May 28, 2015.

Yaduveer Krishna Datta Chamaraja with Mother Pramoda Devi and Trishika Kumari Singh

Yaduveer Krishna Datta Chamaraja with Mother Pramoda Devi and Trishika Kumari Singh

“Maharani Pramoda Devi, Yaduveer’s mother, was very particular that the wedding ceremonies took place according to the wedding customs. Every puja (prayers to god) was in accordance with the scriptures and the tradition of the Mysore royal family”, said M. Lakshminarayana, Secretary to the mysore Palace.

“It is all about following our customs and preserving our heritage”, said one of the royal invitees. The palace is off public limits for over 6 days and the royal wedding is going to pursue according to all the South-Indian customs.

The newly-weds will later make a public appearance and on June 28th, 2016 a special private reception will be held at the Durbar Hall for over 2000 invitees from across the country.  

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Redacted Mueller report, detailing Russian election meddling, released

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — A redacted version of the Mueller report is now public. The 448 page document is the result of a two year investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Democrats say the report shows President Trump tried to obstruct justice. But Trump’s campaign in a statement says otherwise.

Read the redacted report here.

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Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal talks about her son, while urging congress to vote for Equality Act

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