Home-coming for descendants of Kodagu royal family
It was home-coming for the descendants of the last ruler of Kodagu, Chikka Veera Rajendra, of the Haleri dynasty, who ruled Kodagu for more than 200 years.
Lakshmi Devi, the great granddaughter of the last ruler of Kodagu, and her sons, Dr Sardesai, an ENT specialist serving in Hyderabad and his brother Praveen, a businessman, and their family members were accorded a reception by the Kodagu unit of the Akhila Bharata Veerashiava Mahasabha.
The British who had wrested power from Chikka Veera Rajendra in 1834, had banished him and his family from Kodagu and prohibited them from entering Kodagu.
However, after the Independence, the family members had visited Kodagu on a couple of occasions on private visits.
A spokesman for the Mahasabha has clarified that the visit of the descendents has nothing to do with laying claim to any property in the district.
The clarification comes in the wake of the claim laid by one of the descendants that Madikeri Fort and other properties should be handed over to him as they were taken over by the British from the family illegally.
The members of the visiting descendants are staying at a private resort in Kakkabe, near Napoklu.
The family members were felicitated by Shantamallikarjuna Swamy of Arameri Kalancheri Math near Virajpet on Monday.
Lakshmi Devi is the great granddaughter of Chikka Veera Rajendra and granddaughter of Gangamma, one of the three daughters of Chikka Veera Rajendra. Gangamma was married to a zamindar in Hyderabad.