New design depicting chariot wheel from konark sun temple, orissa built in 13th century, unesco world heritage site, on reverse RESERVE BANK OF INDIA, GUARANTEED BY THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT and Promise Text in English and Hindi. Signed by Governor in English and Hindi. 20 in Central Denomination Panel. BEES RUPAYE in Hindi below Ashoka Pillar. 20 in top left corner. Language panel beside watermark window. Serial number in red on top right and lower left. RBI seal in lower left corner. Security thread in left half.
BHARATIYA RESERVE BANK in Hindi above with vignette of chariot wheel from Konark Sun Temple, one elephant on top left and two elephants on top right and one elephant below on either side of chariot wheel. 20 on top left and lower right. TWENTY RUPEES in lower centre. BEES RUPAYE in Hindi above watermark window.
Microtint of vertical lines in three colours visible under magnification within watermark window on obverse and reverse.
Type 1 on obverse
Type 5 on obverse
Ashoka Pillar with 6 wheels in background on left . R/B/I in three lines in centre, bold 20 on right
14.8 x 6.3 cm
In the serial number the numeral precedes the alphabet. From 1975 two numerals and one alphabet in the prefix in a single line. Konark is a small town in Puri district in the state of Odisha (Orissa), India, on the Bay of Bengal, sixty-five kilometers from Bhubaneswar. It is the site of the 13th-century Sun Temple , built in black granite by King Narasimhadeva-I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty. The temple is a World Heritage Site. It takes the form of the chariot of Surya (Arka), the Sun God, and is heavily decorated with stone carving. The entire complex was designed in the form of a huge chariot drawn by seven spirited horses on twelve pairs of exquisitely decorated wheels. The entrance is guarded by two lions, which are each shown crushing a war elephant. Each elephant in turn lies on top of a human body. The temple symbolises the majestic stride of the Sun God. Elephants on top right of chariot wheel Serial number in earlier type
|Type No.||Signature||Inset||Known Prefix||Remark|
|18.104.22.168||S. Jagannathan||A - C||Released on 24th March 1975|
|22.214.171.124||K.R. Puri||D - H||Released on 5th April 1976. Henceforth, prefix ‘J, X, Y, Z’ discontinued in addition to Prefix I and O|
|126.96.36.199||M. Narasimham||K, L||Released on 3rd October 1977|
|188.8.131.52 A||I.G. Patel||M - W|
|184.108.40.206 B||I.G. Patel||A||A - C||Released on 31st March 1982|
|220.127.116.11||Manmohan Singh||A||D - M||Released on 1st August 1983|
|18.104.22.168 A||R.N. Malhotra||A||N - W|
|22.214.171.124 B||R.N. Malhotra||B||A - S|