Kanteerava Narasimharaja Wadiyar

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Narasimharaja Wadiyar
Yuvaraja of Mysore
Kanteerava Narasimharaja Wodeyar (1888-1940), the Yuvaraja of Mysore.jpg
Kanteerava Narasimharaja Wadiyar
Born(1888-06-05)5 June 1888
British India
Died11 March 1940(1940-03-11) (aged 51)
Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India
SpouseKempu Cheluvaja Ammanni
Kanteerava Narasimharaja Wadiyar
FatherChamarajendra Wadiyar X
MotherKempa Nanjammani Vani Vilasa Sannidhana

Yuvaraja Sri Sir Kanteerava Narasimharaja Wadiyar GCIE (5 June 1888 – 11 March 1940), was the heir apparent of the princely state of Mysore from 1895 until his death in 1940.


Narasimharaja Wodeyar was born at the Mysore Palace, the second son of Chamaraja Wadiyar X, 23rd Maharaja of Mysore, by his wife Kempa Nanjammani Vani Vilasa Sannidhana. In 1894, when he was six years of age, his father died. His mother served as Queen Regent of Mysore between 1894 and 1902 during the minority of his elder brother, Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar. Narasimharaja Wodeyar's only son, Jayachamaraja Wadiyar, was to be the 25th and the last Maharaja of Mysore (1940–1950).

An intelligent student, Narasimharaja Wodeyar had his early education at the private royal school of Mysore (functioning from Lokaranjan Mahal, a.k.a. "summer palace" in Mysore). His education and training was entrusted to Sir Stuart Fraser, Mr. P. Raghavendra Rao and others. He was later sent to Mayo College, Ajmer. After becoming very sick during his stay at Mayo College, he returned to Mysore and pursued his studies and training under Captain Heale. He was granted the personal style of His Highness by the viceroy of India on 1 January 1918.

Narasimharaja Wodeyar was a well travelled man and a very accomplished public speaker. He was an excellent horseman and played polo alongside his brother to bring laurels to the Mysore team. He was a great lover of books and a passionate patron of music, of which he was no mean exponent.


On 17 June 1910 Narasimharaja Wodeyar married Kempu Cheluvaja Ammanni Avaru, the daughter of Dalavay Devaraja Urs, a nobleman of the Mysore court. The couple had three daughters — Vijayalakshmi Ammani Avaru, later Rani Vijaya Devi of Kotda Sangani; Sujayakantha Ammani Avaru, later the Thakurani Sahiba of Sanand and Jayachamunda Ammani Avaru, later H. H. Maharani Sri Jaya Chamunda Ammani Avaru Sahiba, the Maharani of Bharatpur — and son Jayachamaraja Wodeyar, the last ruling Maharaja of Mysore.

Narasimharaja Wodeyar died on the morning of 11 March 1940 at the anchorage in Bombay, then the property of Mysore. His body was cremated at the Mahim Hindu Crematorium in Mahim the same day.[1]


  • 1888–1911: Yuvaraja Sri Kanthirava Narasimharaja Wodeyar Bahadur, Yuvaraja of Mysore
  • 1911–1915: Yuvaraja Sri Sir Kanthirava Narasimharaja Wodeyar Bahadur, Yuvaraja of Mysore, KCIE
  • 1915–1918: Yuvaraja Sri Sir Kanthirava Narasimharaja Wodeyar Bahadur, Yuvaraja of Mysore, GCIE
  • 1918–1940: His Highness Yuvaraja Sri Sir Kanthirava Narasimharaja Wodeyar Bahadur, Yuvaraja of Mysore, GCIE


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  1. ^ "Late Yuvaraja of Mysore". The Indian Express. 12 March 1940. Retrieved 9 May 2017.

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