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Special Cover on Birth Centenary of Smt. Indira Gandhi – 19th November 2017.

Indira Gandhi (b. 19 November 1917 - d. 31 October 1984) was an Indian politician and the only female Prime Minister of the country. Born in the famous Nehru family, she was perhaps destined for an illustrious political career. She served as Prime Minister from 1966 to 1977 and from 1980 until her assassination in 1984. As Prime Minister, Indira was known for centralisation of power and political ruthlessness. Her political career was littered with controversies as well as allegations of highhandedness, corruption and nepotism. She clamped a state of emergency in India from 1975 to 1977. She was also criticized for carrying out the Operation Blue-Star in Punjab that eventually scripted her assassination on 31 October 1984. Indira Gandhi left behind her a lasting political legacy and her family became one of the most prominent political names in India.

On the occasion of the Birth Centenary of Late Smt. Indira Gandhi, a Special Cover was released at Allahabad on 19th November 2017 by Mrs. Roopa Shankar, Mrs. Samina Naqvi, Mr. Narsingh, SSRM of Post Office and Mr. Pramod Kr. Bansal, the President of Prayag Philatelic Society at the function held at Head Post Office, Allahabad. (Special Cover approval no. UP/17/2017).

Special Cover on Birth Centenary of Smt. Indira Gandhi

Special Cover on Birth Centenary of Smt. Indira Gandhi

Courtesy: Rahul Ganguli, Allahabad

Special Cover on Inscription stones of Bengaluru – 14th November 2017.

Inscription Stones of Bangalore' is a civic activism project to raise awareness and protect ancient inscription stones (shila shaasanas) found in the Bengaluru region. Inscriptions stones are original documentation of the people, culture, religion and language of the region dating back to as early as 750CE. Rampant urbanization in Bengaluru has led to destruction of a majority of the 150 stones in the old 'Bangalore' region which were documented by B.L. Rice and others from 1894 to 1905 in the remarkable twelve-volume series Epigraphia Carnatica. This project retraces the footsteps of B.L. Rice to protect and restore the dignity of the last remaining 25 'Inscription Stones of Bangalore'.

A Special Cover was released on 14th November 2017 to commemorate Inscription Stones of Bengaluru. The cover depicts the oldest Kannada stone inscription in the Bengaluru region dated to about 750 CE (Ganga period) (Special Cover Approval No. KTK/87/2017).

Special Cover on Inscription stones of Bengaluru

Special Cover on Inscription stones of Bengaluru

Courtesy: Suresh R., Benagluru

Special Cover on Bal Diwas – 14th November 2017.

Children's Day (also known as Bal Diwas) is celebrated in India every year on 14th November. As Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru is very affectionate towards children, his birthday is celebrated as Children’s Day.

Silicon City Academy of Secondary Education-ACSSE school, founded by Shri K. B. Lakshman in the year 2005 was built on a formidable mission to make a happy place for all children as "Joy of Learning" is the motto of the School. The school is providing quality education. Students are exposed to a well structured friendly teaching methodology that will help to shape their future in a positive way.

A Special Cover on Celebration of Bal Diwas by Silicon City Academy of Secondary Education was released on 14th November 2017 at Doddakallasandra, Bengaluru (Special Cover approval no. KTK/85/2017).

Special Cover on Bal Diwas

Courtesy: Suresh R., Benagluru

Commemorative Stamps on Nest – 14th November 2017.

Commemorative Stamp on NestDepartment of Posts conducted nationwide stamp design competition on the theme of “Nest”. This theme was selected with an objective to enhance awareness of our natural surroundings in school-children, so as to inculcate a habit of protecting our natural resources and preventing any damage to the ecosystem, which in turn sustain the life cycles of the associated fauna.


Commemorative Stamp on NestOn the occasion of Children’s Day Department of Posts issued a set of two stamps and Miniature Sheets depicting ‘Nest’ in denomination of Rs. 15 each. Both stamp designs were selected from the winning entries of stamp design competition on the theme of ‘Nest’.



Commemorative Stamps on Indian Cuisine – 3rd November 2017.

The cuisine of India is one of the world's most diverse cuisines, characterized by its sophisticated and subtle use of the many spices, vegetables, grains and fruits grown across India. The cuisine of each geographical region includes a wide assortment of dishes and cooking techniques reflecting the varied demographics of the ethnically diverse Indian subcontinent. India's religious beliefs and culture have played an influential role in the evolution of its cuisine. Vegetarianism is widely practiced in many Hindu, Buddhist and Jain communities.

Indian cuisine has also influenced cuisines across the world, especially those of South East Asia. It is now one of the most popular cuisines across the globe, enjoyed not only among the large Indian diaspora but also by the general population in North America, Europe, Australia and parts of Africa.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi released set of 24 commemorative stamps and Miniature Sheets on Indian Cuisines, at the inauguration ceremony of the World Food India 2017, in New Delhi on 3rd November, 2017. The stamps depict Bhog Prasad dishes including Modak, Mahaprasad - Rice Dal, Chhappan Bhog, Peda, Sandesh, Tirupati Laddoo; Festival Food which includes Malpua, Pongal, Motichur Laddoo, Gujhiya, Seviyan, Thekua; Popular Food viz. Poha Jalebi, Golgappa, Dhokla, Chhole Bhature, Idli Dosa, Vada Pav and Regional Food which includes Baby Appam, Baghare Baingan, Dal Bati, Litti Chokha, Makke ki Roti Sarson ka Saag and Biryani.

Commemorative Stamps on Indian Cuisine

Commemorative Stamps on Indian Cuisine

Commemorative Stamps on Indian Cuisine

Commemorative Stamps on Indian Cuisine

Commemorative Stamps on Indian Cuisine

Commemorative Stamps on Kavi Muddana, Adikavi Nannaya and Draksharamam Bhimeswara Temple – 1st November 2017.

Commemorative Stamp on Kavi MuddanaKavi Muddana (b. 24 January 1870 – d. 15 February 1901) - was a Kannada poet and writer. He was also known as Mahakavi or Mahakavi Muddana. His name at birth was Lakshmi Naaranappa. His birthplace being Nandalike, he is sometimes also known as Nandalike Lakshminaaranappa. His best-known works include Ratnavati Kalyaana (Yakshagana), Sri Rama Pattaabhisheka, Adbhuta Ramayana and Sri Ramashwamedha. He coined the word kannadam Kasthuriyanthe, where he heartily compares his beloved language kannada to kasthuri.


Commemorative Stamp on Adikavi NannayaAdikavi Nannaya Bhattaraka (sometimes spelled Nannayya or Nannaiah; ca. 11th century AD) is the earliest known Telugu author, and the author of the first third of the Andhra Mahabharatam, a Telugu retelling of the Mahabharata. Nannaya is held in high regard as the person who revived the Telugu language. This work, which is rendered in the Champu style, is chaste and polished and of a high literary merit.


Commemorative Stamp on Draksharamam Bhimeswara TempleDaksharamam is a town in East Godavari district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The Draksharamam Bhimeswara Swamy temple in this town is one of the five powerful temples of Lord Siva, known as Pancharama Kshetras. Draksharamam is one of the 18 Shaktipeethas. It is famous as both Shiva kshetra and Shakti kshetra. Lord Bheemeswara swamy and Manikyamba mata are main the deities here. This place is also called as Dakshina Kasi. When a piece of Shiva linga fell here during Tarakasura vadha, first it was worshipped by Lord Sun. The Siva Linga in this temple is said to be one large crystal which is 18 Feet high. Shiva is accompanied by Dakshayani, who is the first wife of Shiva (also the daughter of Daksha, and therefore named Dakshayani). Manikyamba goddess, said to be one part of the 18 pieces of Sati Devi that fell here, is a Shakti Peetha. It has one of the world's longest siva linga.

Commemorative Stamps on Kavi Muddana, Adikavi Nannaya and Draksharamam Bhimeswara Temple were released on 1st November 2017.

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