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Jyotiraditya becomes Maharaja

By Our Staff Correspondent

BHOPAL, OCT. 12. The thirteenth day rites of the late Madhavrao Scindia, the senior Congress leader, were concluded today. The rites ended with Mr. Sangram Singh Gaekwad performing the turban ceremony at the Hanuman Mandir near the Jai Vilas Palace.

Mr. Gaekwad is the father-in-law of Mr. Jyotiraditya Scindia, the son of Madhavrao Scindia. The turban ceremony symbolically means that the responsibilities and commitments of Madhvarao Scindia have now been formally and ceremonially transferred to his son, who now succeeds his father as Maharaja.

Mr. Gaekwad performed the ceremony by placing a colourful pagdi (turban) on Mr. Scindia's head. Earlier in the day, Mr. Jyotiraditya Scindia hosted a ceremonial lunch for Brahmins and performed the ritual of donating a cow.

The ceremony was a close-knit affair attended by about half-a- dozen erstwhile Maratha sardars, the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr. Digvijay Singh and State Minister and close associate of Madhavrao Scindia, Mr. Mahendra Singh. The other dignitaries, who attended the rites included the Chattisgarh Chief Minister, Mr. Ajit Jogi, and senior Congress leader, Mr. Karan Singh.

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