Postal Stamp Image : RANI DURGWATI 1322 Indian Post
Stamp Issue Date : 24/06/1988
Postage Stamp Dinomination : 0.60
Postal Stamp Serial Number : 1322
Postal Stamp Name : RANI DURGWATI
Stamp Information : RANI DURGAWATI Rani Durgawati was the daughter of Raja Salivahan of Rath and Mahoba, a scion of the Chandela dynasty. She married Dalpat Shah, the ruler of Gondwana. He died in 1548 A.D. leaving a minor son and Durgawati took over the reins of Government. From 1548 to 1564 A.D. she governed the country assisted by two ministers, Adhar Kayastha and Man Brahman. It is said that trade flourished during this period. Peole were prosperious. Like her husband's predecessors she extended her teritory and accomplished the political unification of Gondwana, also called Garha-Katanga, with courage, enerosity and tact. Out of 23,000 villages in her kingdom 12,000 were directly managed by her government. Her large well equpped army is said to have consisted of 20,000 cavalry and 1,000 war elephants besides a good number of foot soldiers. Durgawati combined beauty and grace with courage and wisdom. She distinguished herself as a warrior and fought with unvarying success against Baz Bahadur, the Sultan of Malwa. Stories of her exploits as a warrior and hunter are still curent in area. She carried out many useful public works in different parts of her kingdom, winning the hearts of her people. She built a great reservoir close to Jabalpur, called Ranital. Following her initiative one of her attendants built Cherital and the Adhartal was built three miles from Jabalpur by her minister Adhar Kayastha. She is also reputed to have been a liberal patron of learning.s Her kingdom fell a victim to agression as the Mughal Empire spread. Asaf Khan, the Governor of Kara-Manikpur attacked her domains, lured by tales of wealth and hoping for rich teritorial gains. Befriending the people and encouraging trade betwen Gondwana and his own territory, he apointed spies to assess the Rani's military streangth, before embarkig on conquest. Assisted by jagirdars of neighbouring regions the army of Asaf Khan penetrated into Gondwana in 1564 catching Durgawati off her guard. She gallantly opposed the invaders but resolved that it was beter to die gloriously than to live with ignominy. She travelled through dense forests arriving at Narhi which was strategically positioned and naturally fortified. Despite initial success her army was severely weakened and beaten back. Her young son was injured and she herself, struck by arrows in the right temple and in the neck, fell unconscious. When she regained consciousness she found that the battle had been lost. It is said she stabbed herself choosing death to dishonour. She was cremated some 12 miles from Jabalpur. Text, Courtesy: Dr. R.K. Sharma, Jabalpur.
Philatelic Stamp Description : The stamp is designed by India Security Press, Nashik Raod. The cancellation is designed by Smt. Nenu Gupta.
Stamp Currency : P
Stamp Language : English
Stamp Overall Size : 4.06 X 2.73 cms
Postal Stamp Print Size : 3.71 x 2.3 cms.
Number of Stamps Per Sheet : 40
Stamp Perforations : 13 x 13
Postal Stamp Shape : Vertical
Postage Stamp Paper : Unwatermarked P.G. Matt coated paper
Indian Stamp Process : Photogravure
Number of stamps printed : 10,00,000
Stamp Printed At : India Security Press
Indian Stamp's Color : Red Brown
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