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Gommatpex – 2018 Philatelic Exhibition on Jainism to be held on 7th and 8th April 2018.

Philatelic Exhibition ‘Gommatpex-2018’ on Jainism theme will be held at on 7th and 8th April 2018 at Interpretation Centre, Near Vindhyagiri Hill Steps Shravanabelagola 573135. The exhibition is being held by the Department of Post Hassan Division and (SDJMI) Management Committee Trust, Jain math Shravanabelagola and with support of (JPG) Jainism Philately Group and in association with KPS Karnataka Philatelic Society Bangalore.

Exhibits in 100 frames will be displayed exclusively on Jainism theme. There is no entry fee. Application Form must reach via email only to the Organizing Committee latest by March 20, 2018. (Email ID: gommatpex2018@gmail.com)

Prospectus and Application Form can be downloaded from here.

Surpex-2018, District Level Philatelic Exhibition – 23rd and 24th February 2018.

A district level philatelic exhibition ‘Surpex-2018’ was held at Surat on 23rd and 24th February 2018. Exhibition was inaugurated by Shri Satish Sharma, Police Commissioner of Surat. During the exhibition three special covers were released.

Surpex-2018, District Level Philatelic Exhibition

Special Cover on Prem Prakash Panth – 23rd February 2018.

Prem Prakash Panth is among the most progressive religious faith of Sindhis of recent times. This religious panth was established by famous saint of Sindh Swami Teoonram ji Maharaj in 1887 at Tando Adam in Nawabshah district of Sindh, presently part of Pakistan.

A Special Cover was released on Prem Prakash Panth on 23rd February 2018.

Special Cover on Prem Prakash Panth

Special Cover on ‘Karuna’ for animal in distress – 23rd February 2018.

“Karuna” was founded by Mr. Arvind Shah to help distressed animals from agony in 1999. “Karuna” for animals in distress, is a non profit-non governmental charity organization working for the benefit of mute & innocent animals. The NGO is involved in a wide spectrum of animal welfare activities, having more concentration on Free onsite medical and surgical treatments for strays. On an average 250 animals get benefited by this service per day through “karuna” Mobile clinics in areas of Mumbai like Mulund, Thane, Virar, Andheri and Surat. The organization makes concrete efforts for rescue and treatment of animals in trouble.

A Special Cover on Karuna NGO was released on 23rd February 2018.

Special Cover on ‘Karuna’ for animal in distress

Special Cover on Surat Smart City – 24th February 2018.

Surat is one of the most dynamic city of India with one of the fastest growth rate due to immigration from various part of Gujarat and other states of India. Surat is the 8th largest city of India in terms of population and largest in non-capital cities. As per city mayor’s foundation report, Surat is the 4th fastest growing city globally.

Smart city Mission was launched by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 25 June, 2015. Surat city was selected among 100 cities to be developed as smart city in India due to various achievements, initiatives and all inclusive approach. Surat Municipal Corporation ranked 4th among 20 winning cities in India in 2017.

A Special Cover was released on Surat Smart City on 24th February 2018.

Special Cover on Surat Smart City

Special Cover on Surat Smart City

Courtesy: Timir Shah, Vadodara

Special Cover on Shree Bahubaliswamy Mahamasthakabisheka Mahotsava - 17th February 2018.

The word Mahamasthakabhisheka is a combination of three words viz: Maha (great), Masthaka (head) and Abhisheka (anointing) which literally means ‘the head anointing ceremony’. Unlike the other idols the ceremony is called Mahamasthakabhisheka and not Masthakabhisheka. This is because the ceremony is performed only once in 12 years on the contrary the abhisheka to the Gommata idol at Gommatagiri is performed every year. The earliest one on record took place in 1398 A.D. and the latest in 2006 A.D.

On the occasion of grand inauguration of Mahamastakabhishek of Gomateshwara Bahubaliswamy, a special cover was released on 17th Feb. 2018 at Shravanabelagola. The Special Cover was released by the holy hands of Pujya Bhattarak Charukirti Swamiji, head of Shrikhetra Sravanabelgola. Jainism Philately Group was instrumental in release of this cover and it’s Karnataka State Convenor Mr. Mahaveer Kundur has designed the Special Cover and cancelation. (Special Cover Approval No. KTK/11/2018).

Special Cover is available with JPG member Mr. Kiran Upadhye (email: brahmakiran@gmail.com).

Special Cover on Shree Bahubaliswamy Mahamasthakabisheka Mahotsava

Special Cover on Shree Bahubaliswamy Mahamasthakabisheka Mahotsava

Courtesy: Sudhir Jain, Satna

Special Cover on 32nd All India Postal Badminton Tournament (2017-18) – 19th February 2018.

The five-day All India Postal Badminton Tournament 2017-18, hosted by Bihar postal circle, was held at Pataliputra Sports Complex, Kankerbagh, Patna from 19th to 23rd February 2018. Over 140 participants from 18 postal circles took part in the Tournament.

A Special Cover was released to commemorate 32nd All India Postal Badminton Tournament (2017-18) on 19th February 2018 at Patna. (Special Cover Approval No. BH/06/FEB/2018).

Special Cover on 32nd All India Postal Badminton Tournament (2017-18)

Courtesy: Lalit K Mishra, Patna

Special Cover on 40th Biennial All India Conference - 10th February 2018.

The All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendents Posts (AIAIASP) was registered under Trade Union Registration No. 2595 dated 22.03.1980. The association, consisting of 4011 members, is functioning with the sole objective of protecting the legitimate interests of its members throughout the country. Its aim is to safe guard and promote the common services interest, rights and privileges of members. It claims to work in the interest of country, department and society. This is the only association representing the entire cadre with hundred percent membership and it is duly recognized by the Department of Posts.

On the occasion of 40th Biennial All India Conference of the All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendents Posts, a Special Cover was released on 10th February 2018 at Rajgir (Bihar). (Special Cover Approval No. BH / 05 /FEB /2018).

Special Cover on 40th Biennial All India Conference

Courtesy: Lalit K Mishra, Patna

Commemorative Stamp on Dr. Talimeren Ao – 28th January 2018.

Commemorative Stamp on Dr. Talimeren AoTalimeren Ao (28 January 1918 – 13 September 1998) was an Indian footballer and physician. He was born on 28 January 1918 in Assam, Naga hills to the Rev. Subongwati Ningdangri Ao and his wife Maongsangla Changkilari, in the village of Changki, in the then Naga Hills District of Assam.

In 1943 Ao joined Mohun Bagan, who were then in the Calcutta Football League. He captained the Maroon and Green in 1948 and 1949, taking over from Sarat Das. Sarat Das was Ao's senior in Cotton College, Guwahati, and both of them had played for the Maharana Club of Guwahati. Ao was a striker in the Maharana Club but on joining Mohun Bagan he was positioned in the defense. In Mohun Bagan, Ao was Centre-Half and along with his two Backs, they were popularly known as "the Great Wall of China". He was given the captain's armband in 1948 to captain the Indian Football Team in London.

Assam Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi released a commemorative stamp as a mark of respect to the legendary footballer Dr. Talimeren Ao on the occasion of the centenary year of his birth anniversary at a function held at Sports Authority of India (SAI) complex playground at Paltan Bazar, Guwahati on 28th January 2018.

Commemorative Stamp on Dr. Talimeren Ao

Special Cancellation on Bihar Sikh Circuit - 22nd December 2017.

A Special Cancellation was released along with 12 picture postcards featuring important Gurudwaras of Bihar, creating a Sikh Circuit on 22nd December 2017 at Patna. The Cancellation depicts 'Ek Omkar' in Gurumukhi script and a message ‘Jin Prem Kiyo Tinhe Prabh Payo’ on Universal Love.

Special Cancellation on Bihar Sikh Circuit

Courtesy: Lalit K Mishra, Patna

Special Cover on The Heritage Buildings of Allahabad – Anand Bhawan – 6th February 2018.

A Special Cover was released on 6th February 2018 on The Heritage Buildings of Allahabad - Anand Bhawan at Allahabad. The cover was released by Chief Guest for the occasion Dr. Ravi Kiron, Director Anand Bhawan, Mr. M. U. Abdali, Postmaster General, Mr. S. K. Rai, Director Postal Services, Mr. Subodh Pratap Singh, SSPO and Mr. Pramod Kumar Bansal, President of Prayag Philatelic Society. The Special Cover was issued by Prayag Philatelic Society.

The Anand Bhawan is a historic house museum in Allahabad, focusing on the Nehru Family. It was constructed by Indian political leader Motilal Nehru in the 1930s to serve as the residence of the Nehru family when the original mansion Swaraj Bhawan (previously called Anand Bhawan) was transformed into the local headquarters of the Indian National Congress. Jawahar Planetarium, the planetarium is situated here, which has been striving to inculcate scientific temper among masses through its sky shows on astronomy and science. Anand Bhawan was donated to Indian government in 1970 by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, the granddaughter of Motilal Nehru and daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru.

Special Cover on The Heritage Buildings of Allahabad – Anand Bhawan

Special Cover on The Heritage Buildings of Allahabad – Anand Bhawan

Courtesy: Rahul Ganguly, Allahabad

Champex-2018 Philatelic Exhibition and Special Covers – 3rd & 4th February 2018.

In the background of Champaran Satyagraha Centenary, Champex - 2018 philatelic exhibition was organized on 3rd and 4th February 2018 at Motihari, divisional head quarter of East Champaran district of Bihar.

On 3rd February two special covers were issued. The first cover and cancellation feature the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Pillar. The foundation stone of the pillar was laid on June 10, 1972.The Champaran Satyagrah of 1917 was a bold experiment with Truth and Ahimsa. The 48 ft tall memorial pillar, designed by Nandalal Bose, is made of Chunar stone and stands exactly on the place where Gandhiji was produced before the Sub Divisional Magistrate on April 18, 1917 for violating prohibitory orders on connection with his nonviolent struggle for indigo peasant against the Britishers. (Special Cover Approval No. BH/02/FEB/2018).

The second cover feature the Radhakrishna Sikaria Educational, Social & Spiritual Institution, Motihari. (Special Cover Approval No. BH-04/FEB/2018).

The special cover and cancellation issued on 4th February features the Kesaria Stupa. This is the tallest stupa in the world. Rising to a height of 104 ft with diameter of 1400 ft, it is one ft taller that than the Borobodur stupa. (Special Cover Approval No BH/03/FEB/2018).

During the exhibition four picture postcards were released.

Champex-2018 Special Covers

Champex-2018 Special Covers

Champex-2018 Special Covers

Courtesy: Lalit K Mishra, Patna

Commemorative Stamps on Potter's Wheel - 26th January 2018.

India Post released a set of two Stamps in denomination of Rs. 5 and Rs. 15 and a Miniature Sheet on the Potter’s Wheel on 26th January 2018. Stamp designs are based on paintings of winners of a stamp design contest organized by India Post in November – December 2017.

Commemorative Stamps on Potter's Wheel
Commemorative Stamps on Potter's Wheel

Commemorative Stamps on ASEAN INDIA Commemorative Summit 2018 - 25th January 2018.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the ASEAN-India dialogue partnership, 15th anniversary of Summit-level partnership and 5 years of strategic relations, India hosted the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in New Delhi in January 2018.

India Post issued stamps in denomination of Rs. 5 each on ASEAN INDIA Commemorative Summit 2018 on 25th January-2018 at Shahjehan Hall, Hotel Taj Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi. Set of 11 commemorative stamps were released by The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi with the ASEAN Heads of State/Governments and ASEAN Secretary General.

Eleven stamps depicts Torana Gate - Malaysia, Menyembah – Brunei, Pattam Katha, Ramayana Darangen – Philippines, Phra Lak Phra Lam – Laos, Ramayana – Indonesia, Yama Zatdaw - Myanmar, Khon - Thailand, Sri Mariamman Temple – Singapore, Kate Festival – Vietnam, Kumbhakaran, Angkor – Cambodia.

Torana Gate is a torana (a type of gateway) in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur. The gate is a gift from the Government of India to Malaysia, as a mark of continued friendship between the two countries. It was influenced by Hindu and Buddhist architecture of the Indian subcontinent.

Asean countries have their respective versionsof Ramayana; the Philippines has Maranao versions which include a portion in the Darangen epic song, from which the singkil dance is derived, and the story of Maharadia Lawana (King Ravana). The Darangen has been declared one of UNESCO’s Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritages of Humanity.

Phra Lak Phra Ram is the national epic of the Lao people, and is adapted from Valmiki's Hindu epic, the Ramayana. Similar to some Malay versions of the Hikayat Seri Rama, the epic has lost the association with Hinduism and is instead considered a Jataka Story, a previous lifetime of the Buddha. It is also very popular in Northeastern Thailand, or Isan, a region of Thailand mostly populated by ethnic Lao and formerly part of Lanxang.

The Indonesian Ramayana is the Sri Lankan version of Ramayana authored by Rishi Kamban, titled, "Ramavataram" and was written in Tamil. It is believed that the Indonesian version of the epic was written during the Medang Kingdom (732-1006 AD) in Central Java. It is known as Kakawin Ramayana, as it is in kakawin meter in Old Javanese language.

Yama Zatdaw, unofficially Myanmar's national epic, is the Burmese version of the Ramayana. There are nine known pieces of the Yama Zatdaw in Myanmar. The Burmese name for the story itself is Yamayana, while Zatdaw refers to the acted play or being part of jataka tales of Theravada Buddhism.

Khon is a dance drama genre from Thailand. It is traditionally performed solely in the royal court by men in masks accompanied by narrators and a traditional piphat ensemble. A variation of this genre with female performers is called khon phu ying.

The Sri Mariamman Temple is Singapore's oldest Hindu temple. It is an agamic temple, built in the Dravidian style. Located at 244 South Bridge Road, in the downtown Chinatown district, the temple serves the majority Hindu Singaporeans, Tamilians, in the city-state. Due to its architectural and historical significance, the temple has been gazetted a National Monument and is a major tourist attraction. The Sri Mariamman Temple was founded in 1827 by Naraina Pillai, eight years after the East India Company established a trading settlement in Singapore.

Kate Festival in Vietnam, also called Mbang Kate, is organized by the Cham people for 3 days at the beginning of October. This event is held in a large space in the three Champa Towers (Po Nagar, Po Klong Garai and Po Rome). The main purpose of the festivals is to commemorate their heroes like Po Klong Garai and Po Rome, and also deaths in the families. Moreover, the festival is a chance for the local people to relax, to meet and wish one another fortune in the future.

Stories from the Indian epic Ramayana have been familiar in Cambodia and other countries of Southeast Asia for well more than a thousand years. The Sandstone at former kingdom of Angkor, depicts Kumbhakarna battles the monkeys, from the epic Ramayana.

Commemorative Stamps on ASEAN INDIA Commemorative Summit 2018 - 25th January 2018.

Commemorative Stamps on India – Vietnam Joint Issue – 25th January 2018.

India Post and Vietnam Post issued a set of two commemorative postage stamps of denominations Rs.25 and Rs.5 as joint issue between India and Vietnam on 25th January 2018 to mark the long term friendly bilateral relationships between the two countries. The set of two stamps depicts Sanchi Stupa and Thien Mu Pagoda.

The Great Stupa at Sanchi is one of the most important Buddhist monuments reflecting gem of Buddhist art and architecture. Located at Sanchi Town, Madhya Pradesh, this Stupa is the oldest stone structure in India that was built during the Mauryan period. Originally commissioned in the third century BCE by Emperor Ashok this huge hemispherical dome with a height of 54 ft consists of a central chamber where the relics of Lord Buddha are placed. Four ornamental gateways facing four directions and a balustrade surrounding the Stupa were later added in the first century BCE. A typical example of a Stupa and an excellent illustration of the development of Buddhist art and sculpture starting from the third century BC through the twelfth century AD, the Sanchi Stupa attracts hundreds of visitors from across the world. Enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1989, it is counted among the best conserved ancient Stupas of central India.

Thien Mu Pagoda is situated on the north bank of the Perfume River in the village of Huong Long, five kilometers from the city of Hue. It is one of the most beautiful and well-preserved religious sites in Vietnam. The name of the pagoda comes from a legend. Long ago an old woman known as Thien Mu (literally "Heavenly Lady") appeared on the hill where the pagoda now stands. She told the local people that one day a King would come and build a Buddhist temple for the country’s prosperity. In 1601, on hearing this legend, King Nguyen Hoang began construction of the pagoda. Further constructions and renovations were done during the succeeding centuries and the Phuoc Dien Tower at the entrance to the complex was built in 1864 (some sources say 1844) by Emperor Thieu Tri. The tower has seven levels, is 21 meters tall and is the tallest such structure in Vietnam.

Commemorative Stamps on ICAR-Central Plantation Crops Research Institute
Commemorative Stamps on ICAR-Central Plantation Crops Research Institute
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