Madurai is the second largest corporation of Tamil Nadu and third populated city of Tamil Nadu. It is famous for it's Meenakshi Amman Temple, the Vaigai River and the Jasmine flower. It is the one of the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. It is also known as "Thoonga Nagaram" meaning "Non sleeping city" since one can get anything, especially food at any time of the day. Even though it was ruled by various kings, the Pandyan dynasty was the most prominent one. Fish was the symbol of Pandyas and the fish emblem was depicted in their flags, coins etc.
The Permanent Pictorial cancellation (PPC) is a kind of defacing the stamp, which shows replica design or a picture of a tourist, religious, historical or an important place.
India post has introduced a Permanent Pictorial Cancellation of the Pandyas' flag with fish at the center on 06.09.1981. Below is the cover depicting the Pandyas' Flag PPC done at the Madurai philately bureau.
Thanks to Mr. Srikanth of Madurai, for this nice cover.
If you are interested in getting one, contact the below address,
Madurai Ho - 625 001.