A commemorative postage stamp on the great Bundela ruler, Maharajah Bundeli Kesari Chhatrasal :
Issued by India
Issued on Oct 2, 1987
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Description of Designs : The 60 P stamp has been designed by India Security Press, Nashik Road. The First Day Cover has been designed by Shri Sankha Samantha and the cancellation by Miss Nenu Bagga.
Colour : Single Colour
Denomination : 60 Paise
Overall size : 3.34 x 2.88 cms.
Printing size : 2.99 x 2.52 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Indigenous unwater marked P.G. matt coated paper
Number Printed : 10,00,000
Number per issue sheet : 42
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printed : India Security Press
Name : Chhatrasal
Born on May 4, 1649 at Kachar Kachnai, Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh, India
Died on Dec 20, 1731
- Maharaja Chhatrasal was born in c. 1649 A.D. in the forest of Maur hill near Kakar Kachnaye village to Champatrai Bundela and his wife, Lal Kunwar. Having lost his ancestral estate of Maheba, Champatrai was living a rebel’s nomadic life, as a result of his conflict deprived with Shahjahan. Chhatrasal was therefore deprived of formal education. But he learnt skill at arms and developed an abiding interest in religious books at Sahra under his mentor, Sahabrai Ghanghere.
- His parents were killed when Chhatrasal was only 12 years old. The grief-stricken boy left Sahra and, ironically, along with his brother Angadrai, joined the Mughal troops of Raja Jai Singh. The young Chhatrasal exhibited great courage during the attacks on Bijapur and Purandar. Later, influenced by Shivaji, he left the Mughal camp to meet Shivaji. Shivaji welcomed and encouraged him, presenting him a sword. From him Chhatrasal learnt military organisation.
- At 22, Chhatrasal mobilsed an army and took command of it. Establishing his military headquarters at Mhow (Sahania) he pledged to uproot the Mughal power from Bundelkhand. He defeated various Mughal Generals to capture Sironj, Dhamoni, Sagar, Damoh, Garhakota, Mahoba, Kalpi etc. As the Mughal Empire disintegrated, the Bundelas established an independent & powerful kingdom between the rivers Narmada and Yamuna. When the combined forces of the Nawab of Farrukhabad and Subedar of Allahabad, Mohammed Shah Bangash besieged Chhatrasal in the Jaitpur fort in 1728-29, he sought the help of Peshwa Baji Rao. Together they defeated their enemies. After a peaceful independent rule of two years, Chhatrasal died in c. 1731 A.D.
- A distinguished warrior, he was also a patron of men of letters and himself a man of literary talents. He is considered the author of ‘Krishna Charit‘, Radhakrishna Pachisi and Hanuman Pachisi. He was known to be a just ruler who served his people, nor merely ruled them.