Indian Stamps-TABO MONASTERY -Se tenant Set of 2-By India Post

TABO MONASTERY-Se tenant Stamps-By India Post

Tabo Monastery is situated in the village of Tabo, in the secluded Spiti valley of the state Himachal Pradesh, India.

Spiti Valley forms one of the Trans-Himalayan frontier regions of northern India with a population of around 10,000 people. It is bounded by Ladakh in the north, Lahaul and Kullu district in the west and south-east respectively, and by Tibet and the Kinnaur district in the east.

In the past the region was included within the boundaries of Tibet.

Tabo village is at an altitude of 3,280 metres, it is a remote place, with often harsh and extreme weather isolating it from the outside world.

Tabo Monastery was founded in 996AD. With its original decoration and art images intact, it is considered to be the oldest continuously functioning Buddhist monastery in India and the Himalayas.

The unique beauty of its art and its pivotal historical role in the transmission of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and culture in the 10th and 11th century makes Tabo Monastery an historically significant site.

Within the ancient monastery’s compound are nine temples built between the late 10th and the 17th century and numerous stupas.

The main temple preserves an extraordinary wealth of documentation of the history and culture of the period. The iconographic program, dating from the restoration time of 1042, is complete. This includes paintings, sculptures, inscriptions and extensive wall texts.

The Nine temples:-

The Temple of the Enlightened Gods (gTug-Lha-khang)

This is also known as the assembly hall (du-khang) and is quite the core of the complex. This has a vestibule, an assembly hall and a sanctum. The central figure of this hall is the four-fold figure of Vairocana. In Vajrayana Buddhism, he is regarded as one of the five spiritual sons of Adibuddha- who was the self-created primordial Buddha. With awesome majesty he sits larger than life about two meters above the floor. He is depicted in a posture turning the wheel of law. On brackets arrayed along the walls and with stylized flaming circles around them are life sized stucco images of what are commonly called the Vajradhatu Mandala. Thirty-three in all these are other deities of the pantheon, for example Vajrasattva (rDo-re-dSems-pa) the ‘soul of the thunderbolt.’

With five Bodhisattvas of the Good Age placed within, the sanctum is immediately behind the assembly hall. The walls around the stuccoes are richly adorned with wall paintings that depict the life of the Buddha. These have a purely Indian artistic style as it is said that the artists were specially summoned from Kashmir.

The Golden Temple (gSer-khang)

Once said to have been layered with gold, this temple was exhaustively renovated in the 16th century by Senge Namgyal, ruler of Ladakh. The walls and ceilings are covered with outstanding murals.

The Mystic Mandala Temple / Initiation Temple (dKyil-kHor- khang)

The wall facing the door has a huge painting of Vairocana who is surrounded by eight Bodhisattvas. Mystic Mandalas cover the other areas. Here the initiation to monkhood takes place.

The Bodhisattva Maitreya Temple (Byams-Pa Chen-po Lha-khang)

This has an image of the Bodhisattva Maitreya that is over six meters high. The temple has a hall, vestibule and sanctum. The array of murals within also depicts the monastery of Tashi-Chunpo and Lhasa’s Potala palace.

The Temple of Dromton (Brom-ston Lha khang)

A small portico and long passage leads to its hall. The doorway is intricately carved and the inner walls are covered with murals. It lies on the northern edge of the complex and is regarded to have been founded by Dromton (1008-1064 AD) an important disciple of Atisha.

The above are accepted as the earliest temples of the Tabo complex and the following are later additions.

The Chamber of Picture Treasures (Z’al-ma)

This is a kind of an ante room attached to the Enlightened Gods temple. It is covered with beautiful paintings of the Tibetan style.

The Large Temple of Dromton (Brom-ston Lha khang)

The second largest temple in the complex, this has a floor area of over 70 sq m, while the portico and niche add another 42 sq m. The front wall has the figure of Sakyamuni flanked by Sariputra and Maha Maugdalayana. The outer walls depict the eight Medicine Buddhas and Guardian Kings. The wooden planks of the ceiling are also painted.

The Mahakala Vajra Bhairava Temple (Gon-khang)

This enshrines the protective deity of the Galuk-pa sect. Fierce deities fill the room and it is only entered after protective meditation. At times it is called the ‘temple of horror’.

The White Temple (dKar-abyum Lha-Khang)

The walls of this temple are also adorned leaving a low dado for the monks or nuns to lean against.

Date Of issue:-31.12.1999.

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Indian Stamps-St.Joseph’s College, Bangalore-By India Post

Stamps India-St.Joseph’s College, Bangalore-By India Post

Date Of Issue:-01.08.2009.

St. Joseph’s College is an autonomous institution affiliated to Bangalore University. The college offers a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in science and humanities.

The college was founded in 1882 by the Fathers of the French Foreign Mission. In 1937, the college was handed over to the Society Of Jesus, a Catholic religious order dedicated to the education of young people. The college moved from the Residency Road campus to new premises in the erstwhile Hostel campus at the intersection of Langford Road and Lalbagh Road in 2001. It was one of the fiveBangalore colleges that were awarded academic autonomy in the year 2005.

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Indian Stamps- Jayadeva And Geetgovinda-Se tenant Stamps- By India Post

Stamps India-Jayadeva And Geetgovinda-By India Post

One stamp is on legendary poet Jayadev and the rest 10 are of incarnations of Lord Vishnu known as “Dasavatar” in Hindu scriptures.All the stamps are in the denomination of Rs 5. These 11 stamps form a long a se-tenant strip of about 21 inches in the sheet of stamps and probably the first of its kind.

Jayadeva was a Sanskrit poet, who lived in  Orissa, circa 1200 AD. He is most known for his composition, the epic poem Gita Govinda, which depicts the divine love of the Hindu deity Krishna and his consort, Radha, and is considered an important text in the Bhakti movement of Hinduism .

The Geet Govinda is the best known composition of Jayadeva. It is a lyrical poetry that is organized into twelve chapters. Each chapter is further sub-divided into twenty four divisions called Prabandhas. The prabandhas contain couplets grouped into eights, called Ashtapadis.

This work of Jayadeva conforms to the philosophy of the Vaisnava tradition of the Nimbarka Sampradaya to which he belonged; in which the devotion to Radha Krishna is paramount. Indeed this work inspired such compositions in vernaculars. The first English translation of the Gita Govinda was published by Sir William Jones in 1792, where Kalinga (ancient Orissa) is referred to as the origin of the text. Since then, the Gita Govinda has been translated to many languages throughout the world, and is considered to be among the finest examples of Sanskrit poetry.

Date Of Issue:-27.07.2009.

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Error & Varieties-Aldabra Giant Tortoise-Indian Stamps

Dear Vinod Ji

I am sending few scans and information for publishing and display on your website which is most popular one not only in India But all over world for the information of Philatelists:-

India Post issued a set of two stamps on Aldabra Giant Tortoise on 02.08.2008 along with sheet lets in four different denominations

    1. Rs.65/- containing 13 stamps Rs.5 each
    2. Rs.195/- containing 13 stamps Rs.15 each
    3. Rs.115/- containing 5 stamps Rs.15 each and 8 stamps of Rs.5/- each.
    4. Rs.145/- containing 5 stamps Rs.5 each and 8 stamps of Rs.15/- each.

A Miniature sheets was also to be released which is still awaited

I have come across some sheets of all the above sheets lets having major errors/varieties as details below: –

  1. Sheet let of Rs.65/- :- Central Bottom stamps and other 2 stamps towards left partly imperf.
  2. Sheet let of Rs.195/- :- 1) as above but towards right side
        • 2) as above but top stamp towards left effecting all stamps resulting cutting 00 Zeros of Rs.15 and name of Tortoise.
  1. Sheet let of Rs.115:-
      1. Central stamp on top and other 2 stamps towards left partly imperf.
      1. As above but bottom stamp towards right
  1. Sheer let of Rs.145/-:-
      1. Red Col. Major shift towards right to left affecting all stamps.
      2. Two lines of extra perforation in the centre of the sheet let affecting 8 stamps badly.
      3. Central top stamp and other 2 stamps towards left partly imperf and corner stamp at the bottom on right having 4 extra perforations.

India Post also released one presentation Pack of Rs.350/- which was shown on your Blog 2 days back on the above discussed stamp. The pack shows new logo of India post adopted by the Dept in Sep, 2008 where as stamp was released on 02.08.2008. It is highly improper.

Contributed By:-From the collection of Mr O.P.Gupta, Chandigarh

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Indian Stamps-Rampur Raza Library Miniature Sheet-By India Post

Stamps India-Rampur Raza Library-Miniature Sheet-By India Post

Date Of Issue:-19.06.2009.

The Rampur Raza Library located in Rampur,Uttar Pradesh,India is a repository of Indo-Islamic cultural heritage and a treasure-house of knowledge built up by successive Nawab of Rampur.

It contains very rare and valuable collection of manuscripts, historical documents, specimens of Islamic calligraphy, miniature paintings, astronomical instruments and rare illustrated works inArabic and Persian. Rampur’s Raza Library also contains printed works in Sanskrit, Hindi, Urdu, Tamil and Turkish, and approximately 50,000 printed books (including periodicals) in various other languages.

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Indian Stamps-Sacred Heart Church , Puducherry- By India Post

Stamps India-  Sacred Heart Church , Puducherry-  India Post

Date Of Issue:-19th June, 2009

A special postal stamp and postal envelope were released to mark the valedictory function of the centenary celebrations of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Puducherry.

Archbishop of Puducherry and Cuddalore Dioces Rev Antony Anandarayar received the stamp and envelop released by S K Chakraborty, Chief Post Master General, Tamil Nadu Circle.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Chakraborty said special stamps play the role of a cultural ambassador. It would also reveal the history and culture of the country, besides earning revenue, he added.

He also said the church was constructed as per Indo-European architecture, which is a memorial for Puducherry.

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Indian Stamps-Rampur Raza Library-Set Of Four Stamps-By India Post

Stamps India-Rampur Raza Library-Set of Four Stamps-By India Post

Date Of Issue:-19.06.2009.

The Rampur Raza Library located in Rampur,Uttar Pradesh,India is a repository of Indo-Islamic cultural heritage and a treasure-house of knowledge built up by successive Nawab of Rampur.

It contains very rare and valuable collection of manuscripts, historical documents, specimens of Islamic calligraphy, miniature paintings, astronomical instruments and rare illustrated works inArabic and Persian. Rampur’s Raza Library also contains printed works in Sanskrit, Hindi, Urdu, Tamil and Turkish, and approximately 50,000 printed books (including periodicals) in various other languages.

The India Post issued a set of four Commemorative stamps on Rampur Raza Library.

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Indian Stamp-Rev. James Joy Mohan Nichols Roy-By India Post

Stamps India- Rev. James Joy Mohan Nichols Roy-By India Post

Date Of Issue:-12th June, 2009

Rev.James Joy Mohan Nichols Roy was  the grandnephew of U Tirot Singh of Nongkhlaw Syiemship. He was born at Mawsyiarwait, Shella confederacy on the 12th of June 1884 in a struggling family. His father U Khan Than Roy who hail from Khapmaw in the then Shillong State was a manual daily worker. Both Rev. Nichols Roy’s parents were strangers in brahminical influence Shella society, but had moved there for economic reasons in order to make a living. He studied at Lba High School but was disrupted following a devastating earthquake in 1887.though the great tremor had not bought any significant damage of U Khan Than Roy’s house and his belongings nevertheless together with those who survive in the incidence, decided to shift to a safer place at Jasir. Later Rev. Nichols Roy completed his entrance examination from what is known as the Shillong government High School in 1889. the he went to Kolkatta for higher studies and successfully accomplished his B.A. degree in 1904.

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