A commemorative postage stamp on Babu Veer Kunwar Singh, Maharaja of Jagdispur, Bhojpur, a Rajput leader during the Indian Rebellion of 1857 [a part of the series ‘Personality Series: Bihar‘] :
Issued by India
Issued on Dec 26, 2016
Issued for : Department of Posts is pleased to release a set of eight Commemorative Postage Stamps on Personality Series: Bihar.
Stamp / FDC / Brochure / Cancellation Cachet : Smt. Nenu Gupta & Smt. Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 2.0 Lakh
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
Name : Kuer Singh
Born on Nov 1777 at Jagdispur, Bihar, India
Died on Apr 26, 1858 at Jagdispur, Bihar, India
- Kunwar Singh (1777 – 1858) belonged to a royal Ujjaini house of Jagdispur, currently a part of Bhojpur district of Bihar in India. He belonged to the Ujjainiya Rajput clan. He is known as one of the most important freedom fighters who led the Indian Rebellion of 1857 in Bihar. He was nearly eighty and in failing health when he was called upon to take up arms. When the call to fight came, Kunwar Singh plunged into the thick of it and battled against the British forces for nearly a year with grim determination and undaunted courage. He was an expert in the art of guerrilla warfare. Kunwar Singh assumed command of the soldiers who had revolted at Danapur on 5th July 1857. Two days later he occupied Arrah, the district headquarters. However, Major Vincent Eyre relieved the town on 3 August, defeated Kunwar Singh’s forces, and destroyed Jagdishpur. It is believed that while crossing the Ganga River on his way to Jagdishpur he was wounded in the arm by the pursuing forces and the old warrior severed the injured limb and flung it into the Ganga. In his last battle, fought on 23 April 1858, near Jagdishpur, the troops under the control of the East India Company were completely routed. Despite being injured, Veer Kunwar Singh fought bravely against the British Army and with the help of his men, he drove away the British Army. He returned to his palace on 23 April 1858 and died soon after on 26 April 1858.
- Text : Based on the material available on internet.