The Reserve Bank of India, in a release on Friday, said that it will soon issue new notes of Rs. 50 in the new Mahatma Gandhi series. The bank notes of Rs. 50 denomination already in circulation will continue to be legal tender. The regular salient features on the note will include a picture of Mahatma Gandhi, electrotype watermarks, windowed demetallized security thread and Ashoka Pillar emblem.
However, the new note will be different from the currency notes of Rs. 50 issued by the Reserve Bank of India earlier, in more that one ways.
The new note will be fluorescent blue and will have the signature of Governor Urjit R. Patel. Among other designs on the note will be the geometric patterns, on its obverse as well as reverse and these patterns will align with the overall color scheme of the note. Apart from this, the note will also have the logo of Swachh Bharat campaign on its reverse.
One of the most special features of the new note is the motif of Hampi with a chariot on its reverse, depicting the cultural heritage of the country. Since the Reserve Bank of India has used the picture of the Hampi Chariot on the reverse of the new note, facts and historical information about the structure deserve a mention.
The Hampi Chariot was built in the 16th century by King Krishnadevaraya of the Vijayanagara Empire after the chariot of Konark Sun Temple of Odisha impressed him. The purpose of the chariot is to represent the artistic perfection and beauty of the Vijayanagara Empire. According to a folklore, the locals of Hampi village believe that the world would come to a standstill when the chariot moves from its place.
One of the most significant sites from the point of view of history, Hampi has been accorded the status of World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Hampi Chariot, built inside the Vittala Temple complex, is one the three most popular stone chariots of India and is actually a shrine devoted to Garuda, the escort of Lord Vishnu.