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Maharaja of Mysore
Maharaja of Mysore was the principal title of the ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore in India until the abolition of the monarchy in 1950; the head of the royal family from 1950 to 1971; and, unofficially, the head of the erstwhile royal family following the removal of titles and privileges in 1971.
The Wodeyar dynasty was founded as a feudatory principality in 1399, which grew into the Kingdom of Mysore. The Wodeyars ruled that kingdom almost uninterruptedly between 1399 and 1947; they ruled initially as vassals of the Vijayanagara Empire (1399-1565), then as independent rulers (1565-1761), then as puppet rulers under Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan (1761-1796) and finally as allies of the British crown (1799-1947).
Vassals of the Vijayanagara Empire (1399-1565)
Independent rulers (1565-1761)
Puppet rulers under Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan (1766-1796)
Under British suzerainty until the abolishment of the monarchy (1799-1950)
Titular maharajas (1950-1971)
Heads of erstwhile royal family (1971-present)
Family tree of the Royal Family
- I. Yaduraya, Polegar of Hadanadu near Nanjanagudi, conquered Mysore and nearby areas (1371-1423; Raja of Mysore: 1399-1423)
- II. Chamaraja I, Raja of Mysore (1408-1459; r. 1423-59)
- III. Timmaraja I, Raja of Mysore (1433-1478; r. 1459-78)
- IV. Chamaraja II, Raja of Mysore (1463-1513; r. 1478-1513)
- V. Chamaraja III, Raja of Mysore (1492-1553; r. 1513-53)
- VI. Timmaraja II, Raja of Mysore (died 1572; r. 1553-72)
- Rajkumar Krishnaraja
- VIII. Chamaraja V, Raja of Mysore (r. 1576-78)
- Rajkumari Chikka Devira, m. Mallaraja Chikka Wadiyar, younger son of Mallarajaiya Wadiyar of the Kalale Wadiyar branch
- Timmaraja of Kalale (died 1546). m. as his fourth wife, Rajkumari Chikka Depa (see below)
- Sardar Karikala Mallaraja (c. 1541 - 1644)
- Timmaraja (died 1660)
- Kanta Muppina-Kantaiya Urs
- Sardar Doddaiya Urs
- Sardar Virarajaiya Urs
- Sardar Karachuri Nanjarajaiya Urs (c. 1704 - 1773)
- Maharani Devajamma (died 1760). m. 1746, as his first wife, XVIII. Immadi Krishnaraja II, Maharaja of Mysore (1728-1766; r. 1734-66), the son of Chame Urs of the Chikkanahalli branch. He married other wives, including (as his third wife) Maharani Lakshmi Ammani Devi (1742-1810), Regent of Mysore: 25 June 1799 - February 1810, eldest daughter of Sardar Kathi Gopalraj Urs, of the Bettada Kotte family branch, sometime Killedar of Trichnopoly.
- XIX. Nanjaraja, Maharaja of Mysore (1748-1770; r. 1766-70)
- XX. Chamaraja VIII, Maharaja of Mysore (1759-1776; r. 1770-76)
- XXI. Chamaraja IX, Maharaja of Mysore (1774-1796; r. 1776-96). Son of Sardar Devaraj Urs. of Arikuthara of the Karugahalli family. Interregnum: 1796-99
- XXII. Krishnaraja III, Maharaja of Mysore GCSI (1794-1868; r. 1799-1868)
- Rajkumari Puta Ammanni [Madana Vilasa Puttammanni]. m. Sardar Chikka Krishnaraj Urs (died 1863), son of Sardar Gopalraj Urs, of Bettadakote, brother of H.H. Soubhagyavati Maharani Sri Lakshmi Ammanni Devi Avaru [Maha Mathushri], sometime Maharani Regent of Mysore
- XXIII. Chamaraja X, Maharaja of Mysore GCSI (1863-1894; r. 1868-94) m. Maharani Vani Vilasa Sannidhana Kempananja CI (1866-1934; Regent of Mysore: 30 December 1894 - 8 August 1902).
- XXIV. Krishnaraja IV, Maharaja of Mysore GCSI, GBE (1884-1940; r. 1894-1940)
- Yuvaraja Kanthirava Narasimharaja, Yuvaraja of Mysore GCIE (1888-1940)
- XXV. Jayachamaraja, Maharaja of Mysore GCB, GCSI (1919-1974; r. 1940-50; titular Maharaja and family head: 1950-71; head of the Wadiyar family: 1971-74)
- Maharajkumari Gayatri Devi (1946-1974). m. Sardar Kantharaj Basavaraj Ramachandraraj Urs (1936-2011)
- Rajkumari Leela Tripurasundari Devi (b. 1966) m. 26 May 1991, Sri Swarup Anand Gopalaraj Urs (b. 1960), of the Bettadakote branch of the Urs family, a direct, patrilineal descendant of Subrahmanyaraj Urs, Maharaja Chamaraja Wadiyar X's brother
- XXVII. Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja, Maharaja of Mysore (born 24 March 1992; head of the Wadiyar family: 2015-present). Adopted by Pramoda Kumari on 23 February 2015 and anointed on 28 May 2015).
- XXVI. Srikanthadatta Narasimharaja (1953-2013; head of the Wadiyar family: 1974-2013). m. Sri Satya Pramoda Devi (b. 1954), great-grand daughter of Gopala Raj Urs, of Bettadakote. He died without issue or naming a successor, leaving the headship of the family vacant from 2013 to 2015.
- Maddur Narasa Urs, of the Maddur line of the dynasty
- Maddur Chikka Kantha Urs
- Maddur Krishna Urs
- Maddur Kantha Urs
- Maddur Narasaraj Urs
- Kantharaj Urs
- Narasaraj Kantharaj Urs
- Sir M. Kantharaj Urs KCIE, CSI (1870-1923; Prime Minister of Mysore: 1919-22)
- Maharani Vani Vilasa Sannidhana Kempananja CI (1866-1934) Regent of Mysore: 30 December 1894 - 8 August 1902. m. at 26 May 1878, her distant cousin Chamaraja X, Maharaja of Mysore Through her descends the present line of the Wadiyar dynasty. She had issue, four sons and three daughters - see below.
- VII. Chamaraja IV, Raja of Mysore (1507-1576; r. 1572-76)
- IX. Raja, Raja of Mysore (1552-1617; r. 1578-1617)
- Yuvaraja Narasaraja (1579-1610)
- X. Chamaraja VI, Raja of Mysore (1608-1637; r. 1617-37)
- XI. Raja II, Raja of Mysore (1612-1638; r. 1637-38)
- Rajkumar Devaraja (c. 1553 - c. 1656)
- Dodda Devaraja (1622-1669)
- XIV. Chikka Devaraja, Maharaja of Mysore (1645-1704; r. 1673-1704)
- XV. Kanthirava Narasaraja II, Maharaja of Mysore (1672-1714; r. 1704-14)
- XVI. Dodda Krishnaraja, Maharaja of Mysore (1702-1732; r. 1714-32), m. 1716 as his first wife, Maharani Devaja, daughter of Chikka Urs of the Kalale branch. He died without any surviving issue, and thus the direct male line of descent from Raja Yaduraya became extinct. However, his widow adopted an heir from a cadet branch of the family:
- XVII. Chamaraja VII, Maharaja of Mysore (1704-1734; r. 1732-34). Son of Devaraj Urs of Ankanhalli.
- XIII. Dodda Devaraja, Raja of Mysore (1627-1673; r. 1659-73)
- Rajkumar Bettada Chamaraja (1554-1639)
- XII. Kanthirava Narasaraja I, Raja of Mysore (1615-1659; r. 1638-59)
- Rajkumari Chikkadepa, who married her cousin Timmaraja (died 1546) and had issue - see above