The Indian currency has a picture of Mahatma Gandhi on it. A lot can be said about this picture. There is curiosity in the minds of people, people want to know when and who took the picture of Mahatma Gandhi or whether it is an artificial picture. If you are also interested in this, then this article is for you. Let us know when the picture of Mahatma Gandhi was first put on Indian notes and who drew this picture.
When was the first picture of Gandhiji printed on a rupee?
For the first time, Mahatma Gandhi picture was printed on the rupee in 1969. That year was the 100th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and a special series was released on the occasion. The notes in the series had a picture of Mahatma Gandhi Sevagram Ashram. For the second time in 1987, Mahatma Gandhi picture was printed on the 500 rupee note.
In 1996, the RBI gave a permanent place to Gandhi picture
In 1995, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had sent a proposal to the central government to permanently print the picture of Mahatma Gandhi on currency notes. After the approval of the government, in 1996, currency with the picture of Mahatma Gandhi started to be printed in place of Ashoka Pillar.
However, even then the Ashoka Pillar was not completely removed from the note, but continued to be printed in a smaller size on the left side. In 2016, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had introduced a new series of banknotes with the image of Mahatma Gandhi. Along with the picture of Mahatma Gandhi, the logo of wachh Bharat Abhiyan’ was also printed on the other side of the note.
When and where was Gandhi picture printed on the note?
The picture of Mahatma Gandhi appearing on the Indian rupee is not a caricature or illustration, but a cutout of an original photograph. The photograph was taken at the Viceroy House in Calcutta (now Kolkata) in 1946. Then Mahatma Gandhi went to meet the British leader Lord Frederick William Pethick-Lawrence. This photo was taken then.