Sunday, 8 January 2023

Badami - Permanent Pictorial Cancellation

 Badami - Permanent Pictorial Cancellation

Badami formerly known as Vatapi is a town in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka.   It was the regal capital of the Badami Chalukyas from 540 to 757 AD.   It is famous for red sandstone rock-cut cave temples and they were sculpted mostly between the 6th and 8th Centuries.  They remain intact even today.

There are four main cave temples in Badami. Cave 1 is dedicated to Shaivism (Lord Shiva), Caves 2 and 3 are for Vaishnavism(Lord Vishnu) and Cave 4 is for Jainism (Tirthankaras).

Cave temple 1 may be the oldest in Badami is dedicated to Shaivism. It has the 18-armed lord Nataraja in 81 dancing poses.  The Permanent pictorial cancellation depicts Nataraja as the cosmic dancer.  The PPC was introduced by India Post on 29/09/1987.

Thanks to Mr. Prashant for the PPC and the picture of the Post office.

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