Until the end of the last year, I didn’t realise that I had explored most of the UNESCO heritage spots on the new currency notes. To add to that, all of these journeys were solo, and all of them were within an year and a month. So here are a few pictures of notes paired with some of the collectibles I’ve acquired over time. I’ve also added anecdotes about the motifs. Now the numbers might not have much to do with the motif on the notes, but I’ve just come up with an interpretation a guide had shared with me.
The 10 Rupee Note
One of the twenty four wheels in the Sun temple at Konark is the motif on the latest 10 rupee note. Given its unique history and cultural significance it makes for an important destination. Each wheel has a diameter about a little less than 10 feet. These pictures come from my recent visit to Odisha.
The 50 Rupee Note
The 50 rupee note motif is the Stone Chariot inside the Vitthala temple complex at Hampi. Luckily, even though I had been there before seeing the note, I managed to click a picture from a similar angle. Fun fact, in 1967 the Stone Charriot was printed on the Indian 70 paisa stamp. It was also around the same time to Hampi started getting recognised by tourists. 50 years post that it was printed on the currency note.
The 100 Rupee Note
The motif on the 100 rupee note is Rani Ki Vav at Patan, 140 kms away from Ahmedabad in Gujarat. This place was named one of the UNESCO heritage sites in 2014. The intricate artwork on the walls of this stepwell include over 100 forms of Lord Vishnu.
The 200 Rupee Note
The 200 rupee note motif is none other than the popular Sanchi Stupa about 50 kms to the north east of Bhopal. Its existence was documented about by a British officer about 200 years back. Thanks to my visit to this place, I learned so much about our heritage and the significance of all the locations on our currency notes.
The 500 Rupee Note
The Lahori Gate at the Red Fort in our national capital Delhi is the motif on the new 500 rupee note. It was built by the Mughals in 1648. The place is known for its iconic architecture and is also where India’s independence was celebrated in 1947. When this note was released it had been about 500 weeks since UNESCO marked this site as a world heritage.
The 2000 Rupee Note
Well to visit the motif on the 2000 rupee note I would have to pay a visit to space. However, Mangalyaan has been put on the highest currency note of the country to depict what our country is capable of intellectually. It is a tribute to ISRO and a symbol of our excellence. We are also the first country to reach Mars in our first attempt.