Permanent Pictorial Cancellation – (8) – Rock Fort Temple – Tiruchirappalli – Tamilnadu
Tiruchirappalli is also called Tiruchi or Trichy. Begun in 600 CE by kings of the Chola dynasty, the Shiva temple is located in a gargantuan 274-foot-high rock that is visible for miles around. Much of it was built by the Nayak kings in the 16-17th centuries. There are 417 steps to the top and great panoramic views from there. At its summit, a height of 83 meters, is the 2 storied Rock Fort Temple built by the Pallavas and rebuilt by the Nayaks.
The fort is really a complex where you can visit 3 more temples built in different eras over the course of time; Manikka Vinayakar temple at the foot of the hill, dedicated to Lord Ganesha, at the top of the hill the Ucchi Pillayar temple and the Taayumaanavar Koyil Shivastalam, a rock cut temple dedicated to Taayumaanavar, a Nayak era saint.
The cancellation depicts Rock fort temple.
Date of Introduction :- 17.12.1974.
Pictorial Cancellation – India – Inaugural Cover – Brihadeeswarar Temple
A Pictorial Cancellation on Brihadeeswarar Temple was introduced at Thanjavur HPO (Tamil Nadu) 0n 16 Dec 1974. An Inaugural cover showing Temple on cover and cancellation is listed.
Brihadeeswarar Temple is the World’s First complete granite temple built in 1010 AD. It is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site “great Living Chola Temples”. It is celebrating its 1000th Year in 2010. There is a big statue of NANDI (sacred Bull ) at entrance made of single stone . It was built by Rajaraja Chola I.
Thanjavur is an important center of South Indian religion, art, and architecture. Most of the Great Living Chola Temples, which are UNESCO World Heritage Monuments, are located in and around Thanjavur. The foremost among these, the Brihadeeswara Temple, is located in the center of the town. Thanjavur is also the home of the Tanjore painting, a painting style unique to the region. The cancellation depicts famous Brihadeeswara Temple
Date of Cancellation:-16.12.1974.
Contributed By:-Mr Sandeep Chaurasia, Gorakhpur