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Permanent Pictorial Cancellations : Rajasthan

8 Permanent Pictorial Cancellations are known.

Chittorgarh H. O. - 312 001
Vijay Stambh
Date of Introduction: 15.12.1980
Chittorgarh (also known as Chittor, Chittaur, or Chitaurgarh) is a former capital of the Sisodia clans of Rajputs of Mewar. The city of Chittorgarh is located on the banks of river Gambhiri and Berach. The district was bifurcated and a new district namely Pratap Garh was created with certain portion taken from Udaipur district in the newly created district of Pratap Garh. Fiercely independent, the fort of Chittor was under siege thrice and each time they fought bravely and thrice Jauhar was committed by the ladies and children, first led by Rani Padmini, and later by Rani Karnavati. The famous warriors Gora and Badal, in the war against Allaudin Khalji (1303 AD), have become legendary. The sacrifice of Jaimal and Phata in the war against the Mughals (1568 AD) was so great that the Mughal Emperor Akbar installed their statues in the fort of Agra. It has also been land of worship for Meera. Chittorgarh is home to the Chittorgarh Fort, the largest fort in Asia. Other attractions are Kalika Mata temple, Kirti Stambh, Rana Kumbha's Palace, Rani Padmini's Palace, Ratan Singh Palace, Vijay Stambh etc. Vijay Stambh, is a huge nine storey tower which was built by Maharana Kumbha to commemorate his victory over the Muslim rulers of Malwa and Gujarat in 1440. The tower is 122 ft high and stands on a 10 ft high base. There are sculptures and carvings on the exterior walls of the tower. The cancellation depicts Vijay Stambh.
Jaipur G. P. O. - 302 001
Date of Introduction: ???
Jaipur was founded on 18 November 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber, after whom the city has been named. The city is remarkable among pre-modern Indian cities for the width and regularity of its streets which are laid out into six sectors separated by broad streets 34 m wide. The urban quarters are further divided by networks of gridded streets. Five quarters wrap around the east, south, and west sides of a central palace quarter, with a sixth quarter immediately to the east. The Palace quarter encloses the sprawling Hawa Mahal palace complex, formal gardens, and a small lake. Jaipur is known as the Pink City of India. Hawa Mahal ("Palace of Winds or Palace of the Breeze), was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, and designed by Lal Chand Ustad in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu god. Its unique five-storey exterior is also akin to the honeycomb of the beehive with its 953 small windows called jharokhas that are decorated with intricate latticework. The original intention of the lattice was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen, since they had to observe strict "purdah" (face cover). The cancellation depicts Hawamahal.
Jodhpur H. O. - 342 001
Mehrangarh Fort
Date of Introduction: ???
Jodhpur is the second largest city of Rajasthan, located 335 kilometres west from Jaipur and 200 kilometres from Ajmer. It was formerly the seat of a princely state of the same name, the capital of the kingdom known as Marwar. Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination, featuring many palaces, forts and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar desert. The city is known as the "Sun City" for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all year. It is also referred to as the "Blue City" due to the vivid blue-painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort. The old city circles the fort and is bounded by a wall with several gates. The fort is situated 400 feet above the city and is enclosed by imposing thick walls. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. A winding road leads to and from the city below. The imprints of cannonball hits by attacking armies of Jaipur can still be seen on the second gate. To the left of the fort is the chhatri of Kirat Singh Soda, a soldier who fell on the spot defending the Mehrangarh fort. The cancellation depicts Mehrangarh Fort.
Udaipur, Shastri Circle S.O. - 342 001
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Maharana Pratap
Date of Introduction: ???
Udaipur, also known as the City of Lakes, is located 403 kilometres southwest of Jaipur, 248 km west of Kota, and 250 km northeast from Ahmedabad. Udaipur is the historic capital of the kingdom of Mewar in the former Rajputana Agency. The Gohils (Sisodia) clan ruled the Mewar and its capital was shifted from Chittorgarh to Udaipur after founding city of Udaipur by Maharana Uday Singh. Apart from its history, culture, and scenic locations, it is also known for its Rajput-era palaces. The Lake Palace, for instance, covers an entire island in the Pichola Lake. Many of the palaces have been converted into luxury hotels. It is often called the "Venice of the East", and is also nicknamed the "Lake City". Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar in this city are considered some of the most beautiful lakes in the state. The battle of Haldighati has gone down in the annals of Indian history as one which showcased the great valour of the Rajput troops led by their scion Rana Pratap. The cancellation depicts statue of Maharana Pratap, commemorating the Battle of Haldighati.
Ajmer H. O. - 305 001
Prithviraj Chauhan Smarak
Date of Introduction: ???
Ajmer is surrounded by the Aravalli Mountains. Ajmer is located 135 kilometres west of Jaipur, 274 km from Udaipur, 439 km from Jaisalmer, and 391 km from Delhi. Ajmer is a pilgrimage centre for the shrine of the Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti and is also the base for visiting Pushkar (11 km), an ancient Hindu pilgrimage city, famous for the temple of Brahma. Ajmer (Sanskrit Ajayameru) was founded in the late 7th century A.D. by Ajayraj Singh Chauhan. The Chauhan dynasty ruled Ajmer in spite of repeated invasions by Turkic Muslim armies from Central Asia across the north of India. Prithvi Raj III, known as Prithviraj Chauhan (1149–1192 CE), was a king of the Hindu Chauhan (Chauhamana) dynasty, who ruled the kingdom of Ajmer during the latter half of the 12th century. Prithviraj Chauhan belonged to the Rajput Chauhan clan, which according to a legend mentioned in later manuscripts of Prithviraj Raso was part of Agnivanshi Rajputs, derived its origin from a sacrificial fire-pit. The cancellation depicts Prithviraj Chauhan Smarak (Memorial).
Forest Lodge, Bharatpur B. O. - 321 001
Siberian Crane
Date of Introduction: 21.08.1993
Bharatpur was founded by Maharaja Suraj Mal in 1733 and it is located in the Brij region. Bharatpur was the capital of the Jat kingdom. The Jat rulers of Bharatpur were from Sinsinwar clan of Jat people Which is indo-sythian tribe migrated in India around 100 AD. The Royal House of Bharatpur traces its history to the eleventh Century AD. Bharatpur is located at 27.22°N 77.48°E. It has an average elevation of 183 metres. Bharatpur is also known as Lohagarh. Bharatpur is famous for Keoladeo National Park. Being a UNESCO's World Heritage Site, the duck-hunting reserve of the Maharajas is one of the major wintering areas for large numbers of aquatic birds from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China and Siberia. Some 364 species of birds, including the rare Siberian Crane, have been recorded in the park. It is mainly famous for siberian crane. It was the only habitat of siberian crane in the world, other than siberia. The cancellation depicts Siberian Crane.
Ranakpur B. O. - 306 702
Ranakpur Jain Temple
Date of Introduction: ???
Ranakpur is located in Desuri tehsil in the Pali district. It is located between Jodhpur and Udaipur, in a valley on the western side of the Aravalli Range. Ranakpur is one among the most famous places to visit in Pali. It is widely known for its marble Jain temple, said to be the most spectacular of the Jain temples. There is also a small Sun temple which is managed by the Udaipur royal family trust. The renowned Jain temple at Ranakpur is dedicated to Adinatha. Light colored marble has been used for the construction of this grand temple which occupies an area of approximately 60 x 62 meters. The temple, with its distinctive domes, shikhara, turrets and cupolas rises majestically from the slope of a hill. Over 1444 marble pillars, carved in exquisite detail, support the temple. The pillars are all differently carved and no two pillars are the same. It is also said that it is impossible to count the pillars. The temple is designed as chaumukha - with four faces. The construction of the temple and quadrupled image symbolize the Tirthankara's conquest of the four cardinal directions and hence the cosmos. The cancellation depicts Ranakpur Jain Temple.
Delwara B. O. - 307 501
Delwara Jain Temple
Date of Introduction: ???
Delwara Temple
Delwara Temple Permanent Pictorial Cancellation
The Jain Delwara temples of India are located about 2½ kilometres from Mount Abu, Rajasthan's only hill station. These temples built by Vastupal Tejpal between the 11th and 13th centuries AD are world famous for their stunning use of marble. The five legendary marble temples of Dilwara are a sacred pilgrimage place of the Jains. Some consider them to be one of the most beautiful Jain pilgrimage sites in the world. The marble temples have an opulent entranceway, the simplicity in architecture reflecting Jain values like honesty and frugality. The temples are in the midst of a range of forested hills. A high wall shrouds the temple complex.

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