The Wadiyar dynasty is the royal family of Mysore which reigned over the kingdom for over 500 years between 1399 and 1947. Wadiyar is one of the best known Hindu royal dynasties in India and holds the singular distinction of being the only Indian dynasty to have ruled a kingdom for half a millennium. The founder of Wadiyar dynasty is Yaduraya Wadiyar who was followed by a long line of successors till the integration of Mysore into the Indian union during independence.
The most recent example of royal attires worn during Wadiyar Weddings is the royal marriage that took place between Yaduveer Chamraja Krishnadatta Wadiyar, the current head of the Wadiyar dynasty and Trishika Kumari, a princess of the Dungarpur dynasty of Rajasthan on June 2016. The royal family witnessed a wedding after 40 years and the traditional wedding celebrations mesmerized the entire country.
The royal women of Wadiyar dynasty have always worn sarees made of the finest quality of pure silks. The rich embroideries on the sarees were weaved using gold threads and other multicoloured threads. This same kind of royal attire was worn by the brides during Wadiyar Weddings. The stunning look of the Mysore silk saree which is the traditional choice for Wadiyar Weddings can be enhanced by accessories and diamond jewellery worn by the princess.
The swing ceremony which followed the wedding rituals saw the bride wearing a maroon and gold Kanjeevaram saree. The central characteristic of the saree was the heavy zari border weaved in pure gold. She looked resplendent in the saree and the temple jewellery she had worn for the occasion.
For the reception, princess Trishika Kumari wore a pink and green coloured saree with golden threadworks done on the body enhancing its opulent look. She paired the saree with a magnificent diamond necklace and antique maang tika along with glamourous jhumkas.
Groom wears the Mysuru Peta. Mysuru Peta is a bejewelled turban made of silk and jari. The peta represents the crown of Mysore and has been worn by all the Wadiyar kings. Apart from the peta, Groom wears silk dhoti, a silk shawl and the traditional long coat made of silk and the shawl tied around his waist.
Overall, the wedding attire of both the bride and the groom in Wadiyar Weddings represent the 500 years old tradition of the royal dynasty. Apart from the attire, everything from wedding rituals to decorations follows the age-old traditions laid down by the old Wadiyar kings.
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