The Indian Biographical Dictionary (1915)/Mysore, Maharaja of, Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV

Mysore, Maharaja of; H.H. Maharaja Sir Krishna Raja Woodiar Bahadur, G.C.S.I., (1907); e.s. of late Maharaja Sir Chamaraja Woodiar Bahadur, G.C.S.I.; b.Mysore, 1884; succeeded to gaddi as a minor, 1895; claims descent from the race of Yadavas; the administration of the State during the minority of His Highness, was conducted by a Council of Regency composed of Her Highness the Maharani Vani Vilasa Sannidhana, C.I. (mother of the Maharaja) with the help of a Diwan and three Councillors; educ: first, under the guidance of Mr. P. Raghavender Rao, B.A., B.L., and afterwards under the guidance of Mr. Stuart Milford Fraser, C.I.E., I.C.S.; m. Pratap Kumari Bai, d. of the Rana Sahib of Vana, Kathiawar, 1900; assumed direct control of the State, 1901; opened the ' Industrial and Arts Exhibition, Madras,' 1903; invited to the Delhi Durbar 1903; entertained in his capital Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and the Princess of Wales (the present Emperor and Empress), 1906; visited the Indian Industrial Exhibition, Calcutta, the same year; sanctioned the formation of a Legislative Council in his State, which has been doing satisfactory work; placed all the resources of his State, even including his personal services, at the disposal of the Government of India, owing to the present European War; maintains a Military force of about 2,722, composed of 2 regiments of Silladar Cavalry and 3 Battalions of Barr Infantry; one of the Cavalry regiments is the well known ‘Mysore Imperial Service Lancers’, with which is kept up an Imperial Transport Corps; entitled to a salute of 21 guns; area of the State, 29,433 square miles; population, nearly six millions; revenue, nearly 2½ crores; military expenditure of the State, nearly 9½ lakhs. Recreations: Hunting, Driving, Motoring, Polo, Racquets and Music. Address: ‘The Palace’, Mysore; ‘Fern Hill’, Ootacamund, Madras Presidency, India.