“The vision and administration of Mysore Maharajas were unparalleled,” lauded MP H. Vishwanath.

He was speaking at a programme organised jointly by Manteswamy Mutt and Karnataka State Urs Mahasabha at Rani Bahadur auditorium in Manasagangotri here yesterday to commemorate Jayacharamaja Wadiyar Vardhanti and release of the book ‘Alamelammana Shaapa — Ondu Shavapareekshe’ written by Prof. P.V. Nanjaraje Urs.

Vishwanath said that the people of Mysore were lucky to be under the rule of Maharajas. He added that Jayachamaraja Wadiyar had implemented the 5-year plan 10 years before India became a democratic country. He acclaimed the book on Alamelamma by Nanjaraje Urs as an eye opener to decipher all myths and throws light on true facts after exclusive research.

Journalist Ravindra Bhat spoke on the book.

A documentary on Jayachamaraja Wadiyar was presented by the Information Department. B.L. Prabhudevaraj Urs of Boppegowdanapura Mutt, Scholar Rajachandra, R.G. Singh of Ramsons Prathishtana, Publisher Ganesh and others were present.

Alamelamma did not exist

P.V. Nanjaraje Urs, speaking on the occasion, made a startling revelation that Alamelamma was not existing to curse the Maharaja of Mysore, thus asserting that the character was fictitious.

Elaborating further with the press persons, Prof. Urs said that the myth went this way:

During 1610 when Raja Wadiyar was ruling from Srirangapatna, one Alamelamma had voiced a curse saying Talkad should be covered with sand, Malangi should become a water body and Mysore Maharaja should not beget any child.

Prof. Urs said that the so called curse was further supported by concocted stories to justify the same which began spreading like wildfire.

He further said that there was no evidence to prove that a character named Alamelamma existed those days. However, there are geographical background to prove the existence of sand in Talkad and Malangi to become a water body with whirlpools.

He reiterated that the curse of Maharaja not to beget a child was baseless as Raja Wadiyar had children. He said that from 1610 till the days of Jayacharamaja Wadiyar, out of about 16 Maharajas only two or three of them had no children which should be not equated to a curse.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore