Biography[edit | edit source]
Tripura Sundarammani Avaru was the daughter of Bala Nanjaraja Urs, an officer in the service of the government of Mysore state. Her Grand Father Sirdar Bahadur Lt. Col. B. Chamaraj Urs was a highly decorated World War I veteran who commanded the Mysore lancers in War. Her family belonged to the nobility of that state
Marriage and issue[edit | edit source]
Maharaja Jaya Chamaraja Wadiyar, the last ruling Maharaja of Mysore, was married to a Rajput princess from Jigni State in north India in 1938. That marriage had proven to be childless, and the Maharaja decided to marry again, and was intent upon marrying someone from a local aristocratic family, who already knew and followed the customs and traditions of the Kannada people. The matter became known among the noble Urs families of the state, and several proposals were pressed upon the Maharaja. After careful scrutiny of genealogy and horoscopes in the traditional Indian manner, the choice fell upon Tripura Sundari Ammani, daughter of Bala Nanjaraja Urs, an officer in the Mysore government.
The wedding was held in traditional style on 6 May 1942, and several hundred dignitaries graced the occasion. The venue was the kalyana mantapa of the Amba Vilas Palace in Mysore, decked up and illuminated for the occasion. The bride was very young indeed, only a teenager, as was typical of Indian brides in those days. Tripura Sundarammani Avaru was entrusted at a very young age with performing the numerous rituals and ceremonies required of a Maharani of Mysore, and she discharged her duties diligently, with understated, modest grace. She also shared a cordial, mutually respectful relationship with other members of her new family.
The marriage was harmonious and happy, and was blessed with six children. Two daughters were followed in 1953 by the long-awaited son and heir, and then by three daughters further. The children were:
- Maharaja Kumari Gayathri Devi (1946–1974), married Sardar K.B. Ramachandra Raj Urs adopted son of Raja Kumari Leelvathi and Sardar K. Basavaraj Urs. Their grandson Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar succeeded to the throne of Mysore by adoption after the death of Maharaja Sri Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar .
- Maharaja Kumari Meenakshi Devi (1951-2015) married to M.R.Lakshmikanth Raj Urs, a lawyer and nobleman of Mysore
- Maharaja Sri Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar (1953-2013), who succeeded his father as titular Maharaja of Mysore
- Maharaja Kumari Kamakshi Devi (b.1954), married Maharaja Kumar Atmanayadev Jhala, younger son of the Maharaja of Wadhwan in Gujarat
- Maharaja Kumari Indrakshi Devi (b.1956), married to R.Rajachandra Urs, a nobleman of Mysore
- Maharaja Kumari Vishalakshi Devi (1962-2018), married to Thakur Gajendra Singh of Auwa, a nobleman of Jodhpur State in Rajasthan
Later life[edit | edit source]
The Maharani died on 22 November 1982 at Mysore Palace.