Permanent Pictorial Cancellation – (3) – Red Fort – Delhi – Special Covers
In 1639, when Mughal ruler Shah Jahan transited his capital from Agra to Delhi, the construction of Red Fort was ordered by him in the north-eastern side of the newly founded city of Shahjahanabad. Shahjahanabad in present day is known as Old Delhi. The construction took nearly a decade to complete, and Yamuna water was used to feed the moat built all around the fort.
The construction of Red Fort by the sandstone of red color in large scale gave it the name Red Fort. The magnitude of the size of the fort can be estimated by the fact that it took ten years to complete the fort. It has almost two and half kilometer perimeter with tallest structure of 33 meters. The fort has become one of most sought after tourist destination in the modern time.
The fort was the palace for Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s new capital, Shahjahanabad, the seventh city in the Delhi site. It served as the capital of the Mughals until 1857, when Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar was exiled by the British Indian government. The Red Fort continued to be used as a cantonment after Independence. A significant part of the fort remained under the control of the Indian Army until 22 December 2003, when it was handed over to the Archaeological Survey of India for restoration. Every year on 15 August, the day India achieved independence from the British, Prime Minister hoists the national flag at the Red Fort.
Permanent Pictorial Cancellation (2) – Parliament Street – New Delhi
The Parliament House (Sansad Bhavan) is a circular building designed by the British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker in 1912–1913. Construction began in 1921, and in 1927 the building was opened as the home of the Council of State, the Central Legislative Assembly and the Chamber of Princes.The Parliament House of India which is also known as the Sansad Bhawan. The Parliament of India is the supreme legislative body in India. It was founded in 1921. The Parliament alone possesses legislative supremacy and thereby ultimate power over all political bodies in India. The Parliament comprises the President of India and the two Houses – Lok Sabha (House of the People) and Rajya Sabha (Council of States). The cancellation depicts Parliament Building.
Permanent Pictorial Cancellation – Qutab Minar – New Delhi
Qutab Minar construction commenced in 1193 under the orders of India’s first Muslim ruler Qutb-ud-din Aibak, and the top most storey of the minaret was completed in 1386 by Firuz Shah Tughluq. The Qutb Minar is notable for being one of the earliest and most prominent examples of Indo-Islamic architecture. Qutab Minar is the tallest minaret in India, originally an ancient Islamic Monument, inscribed with arabic inscriptions, though the iron pillar has some bhramini inscriptions, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Qutub Minar is made of red sandstone and marble. The tower has 379 stairs, is 72.5 metres high the world’s tallest brick minaret and has a base diameter of 14.3 metres, which narrows to 2.7 metres at the top storey. Construction was started in 1192 by Qutub-ud-din Aibak and was completed by Iltutmish.