Legends, myths and tales have been part of cultures around the world. Many folklore survive over generations and people don't even question them. One such tale is about royal family of Mysuru- Wodeyars, who never had a natural heir. But breaking the myth, a prince was born to the Wodeyars at 9.32 pm on December 6 in Bengaluru. This is the first baby to be born in the family after 54 years and people are hoping that this newborn will end 400-year-old curse.
Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wodeyar and Trishika Kumari who tied the knot last year in June 2016 welcomed the newest member of the family. The 27th scion of the royal Wodeyars, Yaduveer, who is an adopted son of Rani Pramoda Devi was married to the daughter of Hrashvardhan Singh and Maheshri Kumari, the royal couple of Dungarpur. Yaduveer has unveiled the picture of the baby boy on his Facebook account. ''Very Happy to share this picture of Rajmata Pramoda Devi along with her grandson,'' wrote the Maharaja along with an adorable photograph.
There is a curse on 500-year-old Wadiyar dynasty they won't be blessed with natural heirs. The curse dates back to 1612 when Wodeyars conquered the region and Alemalemma, the wife of outgoing king of Srirangapatna ran away with all the royal ornaments to Talakkad, a small town along the Cauvery river. Soldiers of king chased her to get back the jewels but Alemalemma jumped into the river curving the Wodeyars. ''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),'' she said.
The curse is effective till date as successive kings adopted their nephews or cousins to take over the throne. Not only this, the royals have continuously tried to please Alamelamma over the years but all went in vain. Raja Wodeyar even erected a status of Alamelamma in Mysuru and special pooja was offered to her, a few years back in Talakkad.