Wondering About the Places to Visit in India? Follow the Trail on The Indian Currency


India. A country of Cultural Spectacles. At whose altar the history flickers, thousand times brighter, through the majestic display of her architectural grandeur. Ask anybody and they will agree, appreciating the refined sculptures on the vast façades of these architectural gems. Besides the diverse landscape that India is, the Heritage is unparalleled. The land is tailored with stone carved marvels, be it the ornate temples, vast Mughal forts, vibrant monasteries, or any other archaeological remnants slumbering under the grounds. What could better speak of the Country’s rich past than these monuments?  So much so, that we stand in awe in front of them.

If you ever wondered about visiting these testaments of history, figuring out the selected few from the many, can be straightforwardly puzzling. For a start though, India’s paper currency notes provide quite a circuit. Colourful as they are, they provide a DIY charting of some of the best monuments from the grounds of India.


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The Indian currency has come a long way emerging from the first of its kind, the coins. India is considered one of the primitive issuers of coins in the World. The Mauryan period in Indian History had the mention of “rupa”, as documented in Arthashastra by Chanakya. However, the Rupiya term was thought up by Sultan Sher Shah Suri, as a coin of silver weighing 11.53 grams. And the rest is history. And a different story altogether. Someday I will write regarding my hobby of numismatics. The currency notes came into rounds in a pre-independence India with the 10 rupee initiation. Since then, the notes have evolved a lot.


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    The Indian Currency Map to Indian Heritage

    Time and again the notes have been reformed. Till date, the denomination of 10, 20, 50, 100, and 500 persisted all along. Smaller denominations like 1. 2 and 5 were there until got withdrawn as the economy changed with time. The motifs on the notes, however, always reflected the country’s history, culture, and scientific developments. For example, previously a 2-rupees note had the Aryabhatta, India’s first satellite, pictured on its reverse.

    In the Mahatma Gandhi series that came into the rounds in the ’90s, the notes variedly covered topics- the advancements, biodiversity, tourism, history, and the legislature. The agricultural involvement themed the back-side of a 5-rupees note. Biodiversity, one-horned rhino, an elephant, and a royal Bengal Tiger threaded the 10-rupees note. Tourism structured the motifs of 20 and 100 rupees notes, the view of Mount Harriet Lighthouse of Port Blair and the view of Mount Kanchendzonga from Pelling respectively. While the 50-rupees note reflected the highest legislative house of the country, the Parliament, the 500-rupees note showed the historical Dandi march. The 1000-rupees note somewhat summarised every aspect of the Indian economy, featuring an oil rig, engineering on feedstock and metallurgy, agricultural harvests, computers employed in IT and satellite; a keynote to the advancements backed the Nation as a whole.

    The contemporary ones, however, highlight the Cultural Heritage and Space Exploration achievements.

    So let’s take a flight, on an invisible flying Ford Anglia and armchair travel on a route recommended on the Indian Currency. Retreat to the yesteryears at some of the most glorious and incredible architectural marvels and destinations of spot-on engineering finesse.

     

    Konark Sun Temple, Odisha as on Rs.10

    If any monument has made its print everlastingly on the notes, it is the Konark Sun Temple.  Demonstrating the pinnacle Kalingan architecture, this is one of the finest Sun temples, located in the coastal town of Konark in Odisha.  Carved out of the Khandolite rock, it is a Chariot drawn by the horses. Such precise are the details that the onlooker cannot help but awe at its sheer magnificence. Aesthetics as well as the sculptures both meet the sine qua non of this architecture.

    It is amazing how the colossal temple structure is so beautifully ornamented all through. Brilliance of the bygone era is reflected out of every sculpture. Like a surreal painting, it stands out, downright from a laid-out canvas. Motifs covering the wall, be it the figures hand-picked from the myths or the animals or the human erotica. All the walls aptly speak of the instances from daily life. Speaking of architecture in details, the temples absolutely depicts a Chariot of Surya Dev, the Sun God of the Hindus, on 12 wheels and drawn by 7 Horses. Pondering over the contemporary depictions, the metaphorical iconography is pretty much elaborating. The 12 wheels signify the 12 months of a year and the 7 horses, the 7 days of a week. Each wheel has 8 spokes, depicting the “Asta Prahars”. One Prahar is equivalent to 3 hours of a day. So that sums up to 24 hours of the day. Time. More explicitly, Math. And the specifics with which it is constructed. The exact positioning of the wheels on the Chariot plinth walls, with a comprehensive understanding of the shadows. So much so that the shadow cast by the spokes on each wheel, at whichever corner it may be, gives the exact time of the day. That my friend, is a huge Sundial, standing right there!

    Science merged with Arts! You are bound to gape at the engineering. And at the same time, at the effigies so transparently depicting life. Every nook is filled with sculptures depicting Karma, Artha, Dharma, Kama, and Moksha. Legend has it, a huge magnet was used for levitating the deity. However the foundation was not strong enough; had it been, we would have an exemplary display of magnetism. The structure that stands today is no less a display. The symbolic sculptures are worth a mention. The entrance has the Gaja-Singhas, lions mounted on the elephants with a human underneath. Portraying the lion as power and the elephant as wealth, it symbolizes the humans suffering under the crushing weight of money and power.


     Konark Sun Temple, Odisha, monument on Rs.10 doibedouin Konark Sun Temple Facts doibedouin

    Bhushavali details her visit to Konark Sun Temple and writes,

    "The major reason why I wanted to visit Odisha was for Konark Sun Temple, which is a World Heritage Site. The original temple that stood here was built in 11th Century CE, but the current structure was built in the 13th Century. Konark Sun Temple, Odisha embodies a chariot with wheels on the sides, driven by the horses, just as Lord Surya is depicted in canvases. It has many a myth associated with it. But sadly many of those do not have any proof, counting the story about the presence of a magnet and a floating crystal. Yet, it is most definitely one of the mystic sculptural marvels that can blow the mind of every art enthusiast. The sculptural details in the Natamandira are so intricate and filled with very many unusual things including a giraffe which isn’t an Indian animal! The temple had fallen in abandonment since the 1500s and slowly fell into ruins. Its deul (tower) which is believed to have been the tallest one, slowly crumbled, and by the 1800s it was completely gone! The Jagmohana is all the more fascinating with sculptures made of Chlorite stone giving it a natural green color. This is currently shut and is filled with sand to protect it from collapsing like the tower. Konark Sun Temple can be visited as a day trip from Bhubaneswar or as a half-day trip along with Puri Jagannath Temple."


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    Konark Sun Temple, Odisha embodies a chariot with wheels on the sides, driven by the horses, just as Lord Surya is depicted in canvases.


    Ellora Caves, Maharashtra as on Rs. 20

    Wedged dramatically in the folds of the Charanandri Hills, Ellora Caves is the supreme example of the artist’s finesse. Patience is an ultimatum here, gets mirrored at every stone. These caves are carved out of a rock, top-down, with just chisels and hammers. An epitome indeed, of the rock-cut monolithic architecture. A sculpted tale-telling of the laborious effort put through a period of 150 years.

    Imagine yourself handed a pair of hammer and chisel and being instructed to hack and haul through 200000 tonnes of basalt from the top. Did you picture yourself cliff-hanging by the side of a huge rock and carving it into a swarm of mind-boggling effigies? Such is the grandiosity of the Ellora caves. As the sculptors carved their way down, they added panels from the pages of Ramayana and Mahabharata, specifically the adventures of Ram and Krishna. The Kailasha Temple is, by far, the most magnificent one representing Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva. It is the largest monolithic Hindu Temple. This is placed midway between the Hindu and the Buddhist caves. The interiors of the caves are equally intriguing as the arcade, imposing down, making the walkthrough, an experience in itself. It is the Dhwajasthamba, the rock-carved pillar that we see on the notes along with the Kailasha Temple.

    An amalgam of patience, teamwork, engineering, and sculpting. And that is what stands today, amazingly in between the hills, dazzling with wild exuberance.


     Ellora Caves, Maharashtra, monument on Rs. 20 doibedouin Ellora caves facts doibedouin

    Sundeep and Bedabrata from Delhi FunDos shares the titbits from their visit to the Kailasha Temple at Ellora Caves and writes,  

    "One of the first sites from India to feature on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites way back in the year 1983 is the Ellora Caves. These are a series of rock-cut temples and monasteries created from 600 to 1000 AD in the basalt cliffs of Charanandri Hills, Aurangabad district in the state of Maharashtra. There are more than 100 caves in an area of approximately 2 kilometers. As of now, 34 caves are open to the public. The Ellora Caves demonstrate the strong religious tolerance that prevailed in the Indian subcontinent in that era. It is surprising that the Buddhist monasteries, Jain shrines, and Hindu temples have been created adjacent to each other and they all stand in perfect harmony. The carvings comprise statues of deities, animals, general flora and fauna, ornamental floral and geometric patterns. Although many of the sculptures are huge, the eye for small details blows the visitor’s mind. Ellora Caves are a reflection that Indian civilization had achieved very high skills in arts and engineering in that era. The mascot of the Ellora Caves has to be the Kailasha Temple. The Kailasha Temple at Ellora Caves stands somewhat at the center as if it is a divider between the Buddhist monasteries to the right and the Jain shrines to the left. Kailasha Temple is of indescribable beauty and every inch evokes awe. It holds the record of being the largest monolithic temple in the world. What is perhaps even more surprising is that the temple was carved top-down. That is, the roof was created first, then the body of the temple, and finally the base. Ellora Caves can be easily reached from various parts of India. The closest city is Aurangabad that has a busy railway station and an active airport. Ellora Caves are less than 30 km from Aurangabad and take about 40 minutes in a taxi.  It is an outdoor activity, so summers are avoidable.  Also, while tourist guides are expensive, the first-time visitor needs to opt for the service so as to not miss the salient features."


    The Kailasha Temple at Ellora Caves stands somewhat at the center as if it is a divider between the Buddhist monasteries to the right and the Jain shrines to the left. Kailasha Temple is of indescribable beauty and every inch evokes awe. By DelhiFunDos doibedouin

    The Kailasha Temple at Ellora Caves stands somewhat at the center as if it is a divider between the Buddhist monasteries to the right and the Jain shrines to the left. Kailasha Temple is of indescribable beauty and every inch evokes awe. Photos By: DelhiFunDos


    Hampi, Karnataka as on Rs. 50

    Copiously fractured landscape and a beautifully set temple campus amidst it. Shades of rust-brown and green fill the frame with naked backgrounds of palm trees and boulders in the distance. Many temples are strewn throughout the town. The notable ones being the Virupaksha temple with its magnificent towering Gopuram at the entrance. One would be left spell-bound at the stepped architecture. Other notable mentions are the Achyutaraya Temple, the Jain Temples on the Hemkuta Hills, the ruins of the Mahanavami Dibba, the Lotus Mahal wherein the water circulation was meant to cool the air within. Such science!!! Looking for the ornamentations? Hazara Rama Temple is your splash. Both the façade and the arcade are filled with intricate artwork, with scenes from Ramayana filling the panels.

    The temple complex to focus along here is the Vitthala Temple Complex. What’s so special about it that it made to the currency? It had me thinking too. The structure that is seen on the note is the Garuda Chariot of Lord Vitthala aka Lord Vishnu. And Garuda is his Majesty’s Charioteer. The marvel, however, is the Ranga Mantapa behind the Chariot. The Mantapa stands on pillars, famed as the Musical pillars of Hampi. Now, this is one of a wonder indeed. Drum on them, preferably with sandalwood sticks and you get to hear musical notes of different instruments. Researchers are still fascinated with the mystery behind the pillars. And so am I. So I did a bit of homework.

    The Mantapa stands on 56 pillars also known as the SaReGaMa pillars. There are some thicker columns supporting the roof overhead! Basic civil engineering! These pillars are surrounded by 7 minor thin columns, still connected to the roof, but does something more than just carrying the load. These 7 pillars each emancipates 7 different musical notes! Now that’s some advanced civil engineering!

    Look into the working principle here, given the same dimensions of the pillars, the only way for the different acoustic property is a change in the density of the building material. Since the pillars are proven and verified to be not hollow, the material property comes into play here. So the only way remains that each of the pillars is built with blended mixes of mortars so as to tune out typically of a certain musical instrument. These mortars are assumed to be geopolymeric blends of rock-melted alloys, silica-rich compounds, and limestone binders.

    What is more interesting is the cymatics patterns observed in the roof overhead. Cymatics are patterns that develop on surfaces subjected to vibration, depending on the surface geometry and the exciting frequency. So another possibility would be, the modal frequency of each column when tapped, accumulates, and progresses and forms the nodal lines of the cymatics and relapses at the already built patterns in the roof. Just a theory!

    Material Science, Vibration Mechanism, and Craftsmanship in a harmonious symphony. A marvel of civil engineering and architecture at its apogee.


     Garuda Chariot Hampi, Karnataka monument on Rs. 50 doibedouin Vitthala Temple Chariot Hampi Facts doibedouin

    Amrita Di and Agniswar Da from Tale of 2 Backpackers writes a piece from the visit to Hampi in Karnataka, 

    "It is one of the most interesting and intriguing archaeological sites in India. Located about 365 km from Bengaluru in Karnataka, Hampi is full of stories, myths, and legends. It is believed that Hampi was once one of the richest cities in the world while it was part of the famous Vijaynagara Empire. It was also one of the biggest trading centers of the world. The ruined bazaars (market) of Hampi bears testimony to the golden era of Hampi. Popular folklore suggests that Hampi was founded by two local chieftains Hakka and Bukka who had shifted their kingdoms to Hampi after the advice of their guru (master). From 1323 to 1565, the kings of the Vijaynagar Empire ruled over Hampi and made their kingdom one of the richest and most famous. The golden period of Hampi was during the rule of King Krishna Deva Raya during which most of the famed monuments of Hampi were built. The Golden era of Hampi, however, did not last long as it was attacked by the Deccan Sultanate rulers. Today, when you visit Hampi, you will see ruins of temples, palaces and many other structures that prove the might of Hampi in art and architecture. The most famous structures in Hampi are the Virupaksha Temple located on the banks of Tungabhadra River and the Vijaya Vitthala Temple. Another striking attraction of Hampi is the old Hampi Bazar where both sides of the street are lined with pavilions. Other interesting attractions in Hampi are the Laxmi Narasimha Temple, Krishna Temple, Hazara Rama Temple, Hemakuta Hills, Anjaneya Hills, Pampa Sarovar among others. There are several other temples and historical structures all over Hampi making it one of the most coveted UNESCO World Heritage sites in India. While in Hampi, you should not miss out on a coracle ride on the Tungabhadra River and watching the sunset from the Hemakuta Hills. Both of them are wonderful experiences to cherish."


     The most famous structures in Hampi are the Virupaksha Temple located on the banks of Tungabhadra River and the Vijaya Vitthala Temple. Photos By: Tale of 2 Backpackers doibedouin The most famous structures in Hampi are the Virupaksha Temple located on the banks of Tungabhadra River and the Vijaya Vitthala Temple. Photos By: Tale of 2 Backpackers doibedouin

    The most famous structures in Hampi are the Vijaya Vitthala Temple and the Virupaksha Temple located on the banks of Tungabhadra River. Photos By: Tale of 2 Backpackers



    Rani Ki Vav, Gujarat as on Rs. 100

    The spectacular stepwell that survived through the wrath of the centuries. For the bygone era, step wells were built to meet the water requirements the sites for the construction of step wells were so chosen that a natural inclination of the groundwater movement flowed in towards the well. Water conservation and groundwater harvesting dating back to the 10th century. Structural stability with respect to the soil pressure encouraged the construction of the pavilions at regular intervals. A set of descending stairs, pavilion landings, and wells led to a unique inverted-temple architectural form. Not only did they serve to meet the water demands, but the pavilions also aptly served for the community gatherings. The series of columns on the pavilions staged the passages for the smooth movements of the air as well, doing well as air pockets, keeping the temperature pleasant than that of the surface.

    That was enough civil engineering. Speaking of the architectural aspects, Rani ki Vav is a huge embroidery of artworks. It is a 220 feet long and 60 feet deep gallery of cenotaphs and fine arts. A combination of seven floors with the four pavilions. The key to its exceptionality solely lies in its sophisticated sculptures everywhere, of Gods and Goddesses, Apsaras, the Rishis, and the Vasus. Nothing seemed to have missed the walls from the pages of the then history. Such a sight it is when you look down from the ground level, a whole class of architecture waves back at you.

    All these years, this prodigy remained underground, only to be discovered by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in the 1980s. Ever since it has deemed its position and today it is one of the cleanest monuments of India.


     Rani Ki Vav, Gujarat monument as on Rs. 100 doibedouin Rani ki vav Gujarat Patan facts doibedouin


    Sanchi Stupa, Madhya Pradesh as on Rs. 200

    Stupas are generally built as an external housing for the last ashes cremated underneath, customary to Buddhism. The historical ones are surrounded by fences, unlike the Himalayan counterpart which are surrounded by Darchor prayer flags.

    Tradition has it that the last remains of the Buddha were divided into eight portions and stupas were built to house the remains. Then came the Mauryan Emperor, King Ashoka, who played a pivotal role in expanding Buddhism to the World. He collected the last mortal remains and redistributed it widely, and had the Stupas built over them. Sanchi Stupa was one of these historical gems. Ashoka built a brick masonry domed structure which was later covered up by stones, in the following period of the Shunga dynasty.

    What is interestingly noteworthy are the gateways, known as the Torans. Although these gates were built later on, in the 1st century BCE, the motifs consist of sculptures from the life events of Buddha. Speaking specifically, the tales of Jataka. Symbolic depiction fills in the panels on the Torans. These panels are again supported on mini effigies, like a group of elephants and lions. Intricate mini artworks canvas the gate torans at all four directions. The Sanchi stupa also displays Shankhalipi, one of the oldest inscriptions on its wall, showing Brahmi characters.


     Sanchi Stupa, Madhya Pradesh monument  on Rs. 200 doibedouin Sanchi stupa Madhya Pradesh facts doibedouin


    Indrani Di from iShare has encountered the Sanchi Light and Sound Show in person and writes

    "Sanchi Stupa in Sanchi town of Madhya Pradesh is one of the oldest standing religious monuments of India. After the Great Kalinga War in the 3rd century BC Samrat Ashoka was traumatized to such an extent that he vowed to give up violence all his life. He looked up to Buddha’s teachings for comfort and solace. So moved he was by Buddha’s teachings that he took it on himself to distribute Buddha’s relics to different parts of the kingdom he ruled. He re-divided the 7 portions of the cremated remains into 84,000 portions and distributed them all around the different kingdoms. Sanchi is one of them. This great monument of Sanchi lay forgotten from the 13th century till it was rediscovered by Sir John Marshall in 1919. Sanchi Stupa was included in the prestigious list of UNESCO world heritage in 1989. The dome itself is simple but the 4 Torana, gateways, at 4 cardinal points are infused with carvings and inscriptions. These reflect the style of Indian architecture from the Mauryan era. Other monuments worth visiting within Sanchi stupa complex are ruins of Ashoka Pillar famed for the 4 lions part of our national emblem., Stupa 2, Stupa 3 with relics of Buddha’s 2 disciples, Temple 17, a Hindu temple from Gupta dynasty and a Greek Temple. Just outside this complex is the Sanchi archaeological museum which has a good display of unique and interesting Buddhist artifacts. You have to take separate entry tickets for this.The Sanchi Light and Sound show are worth watching. Buddha’s entire life story is projected in quick clips and crisp dialogues, projected on Stupa 3 in the complex. Sanchi is well connected by rail and road to other cities of Madhya Pradesh. From Bhopal, it takes little more than an hour by road."


    Red Fort, Delhi as on Rs. 500

    If anything that has seen the Mughal glory, the revolution for Independence and the pedestal for Independent India’s tryst with destiny, it is the Red Fort. Lal Quila or the Red fort, when completed was basically a city within a city. It has all the basic amenities-assembly halls, palaces, markets, public amenities center. City planning at its best.

    Red Fort has all the paraphernalia of typical Mughal architecture. Be it the domed marble palaces, the mosques, or the gardens. It even housed a hot water bath or the “hammam”.

    Notable sections of the present-day viewable are the Mumtaz Mahal serving as the museum today. The Khas Mahal, previously as a private residence to the Emperor. The Rang Mahal, translating to “Palace of Colours” housed the Emperor’s wives and mistresses. The Moti Masjid, constructed by Aurungzeb, explicitly exemplifies domes and arched structure.


     Red Fort, Delhi monument on Rs. 500 doibedouin Red Fort Delhi Facts doibedouin


    Mangalyaan, Space (say VSSC Space Museum, Kerela) as on Rs. 2000

    One of the greatest feat on contemporary scientific achievements is Mangalyaan. The name behind it all- Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The recent Chandrayaan-2 mission had all the eyes of the World. Mars Orbiter Mission in 2014 is by far India’s biggest epitome in scientific history as it is the country’s first interplanetary spacecraft. And India is the first country to have reached Mars on its very first attempt and at a much-reduced expenditure. This note of the highest denomination is a statement of the country’s advancement in Space Exploration.

    While we cannot visit Mars, we can simply visit the ISRO Space Museum, Trivandrum where it all started. Today’s Space Museum at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre is yesterday’s St, Mary Magdalene Church. The church witnessed the birth of today’s Space Programme at the hands of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, later on, to be passed on to Dr. Satish Dhawan and Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.

    The Space Museum showcases the full-scale model of PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) which also carried the Mars Orbiter and a scaled-down model of GSLV (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle) and ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle). Besides the models, it also enlightens on the history of technology and achievements. A movie theatre is also there to entertain with the visuals of ISRO Programme. Sounding rocket launches take place on a monthly basis and is open to visitors to educate rocket launches.

     

     Magalyaan, VSSC Space Museum, Kerela as on Rs. 2000 doibedouin ISRO VSSC Space Museum Trivandrum Kerela Facts doibedouin


    The notes not only reflect on the culturally rich aspects of India but also provokes our keen interests to know the same. To know about the engineering that ran through the veins of the country through ages. The Land of Cultural Spectacles. Indeed.




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    22 comments

    1. It seems the idea came in your mind when you were counting your money and thinking the next time you will be able to use it to travel. Anyway jokes apart, it's such an out-of-the-way travel article and beautifully written.

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    2. This is what happens when a civil engineer blogs. Your analysis of Hampi says it all. And geopolymer, here. Merging research topic with passion. Good. Keep it up.
      And overall it is beautifully portrayed.

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    3. Thanks for writing the article. I had been planning to do the currency tour of India and this definitely makes the planning and journey simpler.

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    4. Currency tour in India seems a different prospect of traveling. Loved the places mentioned here and whenever I ll travel to these places will bring the currencies too to click resemble pics.

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    5. What a novel idea to create a list of Indian heritage gems that are printed on Indian currency. This also brings focus to the UNESCO World Heritage sites in India. We have visited some of these and some are still on our bucket list. Glad to be a contributor to this lovely bog. Keep it up.

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    6. This was a really interesting read. I haven't been to India yet but I can't wait to visit. Thanks for all the detailed info!

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    7. Lovely post. I have seen some of these places like the chariot in Hampi. I have that habit of following the trail that is on our Indian currency too. The old 20 rupees had a place in Andamans which I recently visited. It was cool.

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    8. That's amazing. I had once run a quiz contest regarding places that can be spotted on Indian currency. This post refreshed those memories.

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    9. First of all I want to say Kudos to you for this great topic of your post. Such topics need loads of research and facts and I am glad that I am reading a great post full of information and knowledge. A well deserved topic to be shared with the friends and family.

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    10. I have seen Indian currency "n" number of times, but never looked at them with the eyes of explorer. I loved your article, it showed me a new dimension. Your depiction of Konark is bang on point, few people say the magnet was removed as the ships used to loose the way. As you very well described, we are culturally rich and our ancient ruins convey a deeper meaning. Beautifully written and well researched article.

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    11. Everyone seems to be sharing all their travel tales, and amazing pictures which is making me wanderlust. My to travel list is growing longer by the day.

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    12. Ah! so loved this! Also adding this to my later reads, for future references.

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    13. What an interesting article! Such good information about the history of the currency, never would have thought to use it as a travel guide!!

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    14. This is really a great way to travel and also know the history and heritage of India. Visiting the places on Indian currency is something that I would love to do. And I am really glad that the Govt decided to include Mangalayan on the Rs.2000 note. Such a beautiful way to celebrate the past and the present!

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    15. Such a unique post! I've seen numerous people do this on Instagram - but never seen it compiled as a whole blog! Loved going through this, thanks for sharing!

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    16. I must say this is a unique way to look at some of the magnificent heritage sites of India. Following the Indian currency trail is a unique concept. All of the places are iconic landmarks in their own right. Hampi is our favourite and a place where we always love to return again and again.

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    17. What a unique idea for creating a travel itinerary, I love the idea of a currency trail. Hampi is on my bucket list, I was due to travel to Karnataka in April but of course wasn't able to go. I had no idea about the Indian space missions until now, how fascinating!

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    18. The histories of these sites are so interesting! I've learned so much and was fascinated with the stories tied to Indian currency. While it's important to focus (and learn) from the past, it's especially refreshing that you included a modern example of wonder in the VSSC Space Museum in Kerela. I seldom (ever?) hear about India's space achievements and it's worthy of much praise!

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    19. The history behind currency is always fascinating. I especially loved reading about the Ellora Caves. I love caves and I now want to visit to see for myself.

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    20. I’ve never thought about what goes into currency from different countries, other than to just look at them. I love how India’s ancient history as well as current accomplishments are shared with the world. Personally, I would not want to participate in digging the Ellora Caves. That sounds like daunting work. No wonder it took 150 years. It’s amazing that the Rani ki Vav was only discovered in 1980, since it’s so big. I’d love to visit and see the art work.

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    21. This is a lovely post. Eevn though I use these currency notes everyday but I never noticed all these places. There is definitely a lot to know about these places. A lot of these are so historic like Sun Temple, Sanchi Stupa, and Hampi. Thanks for sharing this wonderful information, Jayshree.

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    22. This is indeed an interesting way to explore the heritage trail of India through its currency. While I have been to many of these places never it occured to me to travel this way. Rani ka Vav was one of my favourite places I visited last year.

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