Legends and myths have been part of the Indian culture for centuries and inched their way into our lives so slyly that we can’t even think about questioning them. But, faith can overcome even the strongest of curses and legends and this is what happened with the Wodeyars, the royal family of Mysore.
The Wodeyars overcame their 400-year-old curse of not being able to conceive an heir. The ‘curse’ was broken when Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wodeyar and his wife Trishika Kumari had a baby boy late on December 6, 2017.
The little royal is the first natural heir of the family after 400 years of Kings and Queens adopting their nephews due to the inability of being able to conceive. In fact, Yaduveer is also an adopted son of the previous queen Pramoda Devi.
According to News 18, the curse dates back to 1612 when the Wodeyars took charge from Alemalemma, wife of the outgoing King of Srirangapatna, who tried to run away with her royal jewels to Talakkad.
However, she was cornered and had no choice but to jump into the river. She cursed the family and said,
“Talakadu Maralagali, Malangi Maduvagali, Wodeyar doreyarige makkalagadirali (May Talakadu be filled with sand and become a barren land/ May Malangi – that stretch of the river – turn into a whirlpool/ may the Wodeyars never have children).”
The curse apparently came true, and ironically the Wodeyars have tried to please the same woman they overpowered years ago in an attempt to overturn the curse. Raja Wodeyar out of guilt, even installed an idol of Alamelamma in Mysore and Srikantadatta Wodeyar offered ‘pujas’ to her in Talakkad.
Looks like their efforts to repent their actions finally worked and the little royal is proof. We can’t help but wait in anticipation for the grand welcome that the first heir will receive.