21-10-2009: Maharaja Gulab Singh India Stamp


Maharaja Gulab Singh, born on 17th October 1792 in a Hindu Dogra Rajput family, was the founder of the Dogra dynasty and the Maharaja of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir. The state stood as the largest princely territory under the British Raj, established after the fall of the First Sikh Empire.To commemorate the 217th birth anniversary of Maharaja Gulab Singh, the India Post Department released a postage stamp in his honor. Gulab Singh’s father was Kishore Singh Jamwal. In 1808, Jammu was captured by Ranjit Singh after the Battle of Jammu, the region expanded with the capture of Kashmir by Sikh forces in 1819. In 1820 Ranjit Singh granted the Jammu region to Gulab Singh in recognition of his services.

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