All that glitters is, yes, gold for the next ten days

On the first day of the Dasara festivities in Mysore, the scion of the erstwhile royal family, Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar, ascends the throne at the khas durbar in the main Amba Vilas palace.


Wodeyar and wife Pramoda Devi Wodeyar arrive for the private durbar.

The late Hayavadana Rao wrote in the Mysore Gazette:

“On the morning of the first day, His Highness, after observing the religious ceremonies, partly at the shrine of Sri Chamundeshwari on the palace premises and partly in the Durbar Hall, takes his seat on the historical throne under a salute of 21 guns and showers of flowers. There is also a presentation of arms by the palace and the State troops assembled in the arena square below. Honours from the principal temples and maths are presented followed by offerings and presentations of coconuts (phala) and coloured rice (mantrakshate) by the Vaidika Brahmins invited to the Durbar Hall.”

Photographs: Karnataka Photo News