FDC – Kalidasa – 1960 – Place Cancellation of Ujjain
Ujjain is considered the cultural as well as the poetic capital of the country. The ancient city of Ujjain is linked to the big names of Sanskrit literature such as Kalidas, Vatsayayana, and many more scholars of Hindi.
Kalidasa was a poet who has contributed heavily to the Sanskrit literature. Kalidasa was a renowned Classical Sanskrit writer, widely regarded as the greatest poet and dramatist in the Sanskrit language. His floruit cannot be dated with precision, but most likely falls within 4th Century AD.
His plays and poetry are primarily based on Hindu Puranas and philosophy.
According to legend, he was known for his beauty, which brought him to the attention of Princess Vidyottama and she married him. However, as legend has it, Kālidāsa had grown up without much education, and the princess was ashamed of his ignorance and coarseness. A devoted worshipper of Kali, Kālidāsa is said to have called upon his goddess for help when he was going to commit suicide in a well after he was humiliated by his wife, and was rewarded with a sudden and extraordinary gift of wit. He is then said to have become the most brilliant of the “nine gems” at the court of the king Vikramaditya of Ujjain. Legend also has it that he was murdered by a courtesan in Sri Lanka during the reign of Kumaradasa.
Date Of Cancellation:- 22.06.1960., Place Ujjain
Stamps depicts:- Kalidasa – Yaksha pleading with the cloud from “Meghaduta”, Kalidasa – Shakuntala writing a letter to Dushyanta from “Shakuntala”