Sunday, December 15, 2013

HH UTHRADOM THIRUNAL MARTHANDA VARMA MAHARAJAH

HH Uthradom Thirunal Marthanda Varma Maharajah of Travancore left this world to heavenly abode today early morning 2.20 AM.He was admitted  at SUT Hospital,Trivandrum on 6 Dec.2013 due to illness.Maharajah was born on 
22 March 1922 and was 91. He was the 55th ruler of Travancore.
He held the title "His Highness Sri Padmanabha Dasa Vanchipala Marthanda Varma Kulasekhara Kiritapathi Manney Sultan Maharajah Raja Rama Raja Bahadur Shamsher Jang Maharajah of Travancore".
He was the younger brother of the last monarch of Travancore Kingdom, His Highness Sri Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma Maharajah who left this world in 1991.
Even though the reigning power was lost, the title of 'Maharajah' was entrusted to 'HH Uthradom Thrunal Marthanda Varma' in 1991.
HH Uthradom Thirunal Marthanda Varma took interest in social activities and participated in many functions.He was a humanitarian and was a patron of several charities and social organisations.He was loved and respected by all the Royal Family members and the common people also.
Travancore Royal Family Members are well known for their simple way of life style.HH Uthradom Thirunal Maharajah also lead a humble,simple and well disciplined way of life in all respects.He visited Lord Padmanabha Swamy Temple everyday morning.
It was 'Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma Maharajah' who annexed the




neighbouring states to his Kingdom and established Kingdom of Travancore.
The Kingdom of Travancore was comprised of most of the  middle and southern Kerala and district of Kanayakumari to the southernmost part of Tamil Nadu.He formed Travancore in A.D. 1741 and surrendered his sword at the Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple which is known as 'Thripady Danam' thereby he  gave his Kingdom to the deity.He ruled the Kingdom as 'Padmanabha Dasan'(Servant of Lord Padmanabha) and that custom was followed by all other rulers of Travancore.
Travancore became a powerful Kingdom of Southern India.
Uthradom Thirunal Maharajah was a holder of B.A.(honours) degree  from Travancore University which he acquired with a gold medal.He was having great interest in photography and possessed a large collection of photos taken by him  which throw light to the history of Travancore and Kerala for the last several decades.

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