The Mysore curse is a legend about the Wadiyars, a family that ruled the Vijayanagar Empire, which is today in India. The queen of the last dynasty, Alamelamma, wife of King Tirumalaraja, put the curse on them.
When the Wadiyars took over the empire in 1612, Queen Alamelamma tried to run away with some treasure. Raja Wodeyar's soldiers caught her. She jumped into a river and shouted the curse: That the land would be barren and that the Wadiyars would not have children. The curse also said a whirlpools would swallow a village.
Since then, Wadiyar kings had male children only once every two generations. Many Wadiyar kings and queens have adopted children, for example nephews or cousins.
In 2017, Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wodeyar and his wife, Trishika Kumari, had a healthy baby boy.
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