Last king of Mysore passes away

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 - 12:45pm IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: DNA
Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar dies of cardiac arrest; Govt declares two-day mourning.

Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar, scion of the erstwhile Mysore royal family and the last descendant of the Wodeyar dynasty, died of a cardiac arrest in Bangalore on Tuesday.

Sixty-year-old Wodeyar, who had been ailing for the last few months, was brought to Vikram Hospital on Basaveswara Road in an unconscious state. Doctors at the hospital failed to revive Wodeyar and he was declared dead at 3.30pm.

“Wodeyar was brought to the hospital at around 2pm. Dr Ranaganth Naik and four others tried to revive him for more than 90 minutes but in vain,” said Dr Madan Kumar, administrator, Vikram Hospital.

According to sources, Wodeyar had been admitted to Vikram Hospital for cardiac problems 15 days ago.

As news of Wodeyar’s death spread, traffic police closed Basaveswara Road for traffic in order to avoid inconveniencing VIPs visiting the hospital.

Vishalakshi Devi, Wodeyar’s younger sister, Kamakshi Devi, another sister who stays in Indiranagar, rushed to Vikram Hospital on hearing the news.

“We were told that he (Wodeyar) died of cardiac arrest. It’s shocking. We are leaving for Mysore,’’ Meenakshi Devi said. Pramoda Devi, wife of Wodeyar, arrived at the hospital at 5pm from Mysore.

Minister for Home KJ George said the mortal remains of Wodeyar would be cremated in Mysore on Wednesday. He said the state government had declared a two-day state mourning as a mark of respect.

Wodeyar had registered an emphatic victory in the elections to the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) recently.

Wodeyar also served as MP, representing Mysore parliamentary seat for four terms as a Congress candidate. He lost once as a BJP nominee and the other time as a Congress candidate.

KR Market to be shut

The Krishna Rajendra Market, popularly known as City Market, will be closed on Wednesday as a mark of respect to Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar.

Govt holiday today
Schools, colleges and government offices will remain closed today as the state government has declared a government holiday on Wednesday.

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