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212) “Nabakalebara-2015”: Postage Stamps issued on the occasion by India Post on 17.07.2015:



212) “Nabakalebara-2015”: Postage Stamps issued on the occasion by India Post on 17.07.2015:

Jagannath Temple:

The Jagannath Temple of Puri, Orissa is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath.

The original forms of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra constitute the trinity of deities sitting on the bejewelled platform or the “Ratnabedi” in the inner sanctum. The “Sudarshan Chakra” deities of Madanmohan, Sridevi and Vishwadhatri are also placed on the Ratnavedi.

The Temple:

The Temple was constructed in the 12th Century by King Anantavarman Chodaganga Deva atop its earlier ruins. The Jaga Mohan and the Vimana portions of the Temple were built during his reign (1078 – 1148 CE).

In 1174 CE, the Oriya ruler Ananga Bhima Deva rebuilt the Temple to its present shape.

The Temple is sacred to the Vaishnava traditions and also to Saint Ramananda who was closely associated with the Temple. It is also of great significance to the followers of the Gaudiya Vaishnavism, whose founder Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was a great follower of the Deity.

Legends:

Legendary descriptions are found in the Skanda Purana, Brahma Purana and other Puranas ( all ancient Hindu texts) and, later, in  Oriya Literature where Lord Jagannath is mentioned as Lord “Neela Madhaba” (or “Blue Krishna”) by a  Savar King (or tribal chief) named Visvavasu.

 Having heard about the deity, a later King Indradyumana sent a Brahmin priest, Vidyapati who after a lot of trouble managed to find the deity inside a cave, but the deity disappeared & got hidden in the sand when the King tried to see it. The King heard an “Aakashvani” (“celestial voice”) telling him that he will eventually come to see the deity.

So the King performed a horse sacrifice & built a magnificent Temple for lord Vishnu and installed an idol of “Narasimha” (Lord Vishnu in his “Avatar” of half-lion & half man). During his sleep, the King had a vision of Lord Jagannath in which, the King was directed to locate a fragrant tree on the sea-shore and make idols out of it. The King proceeded to locate the piece of wood and make idols of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra and the Sudarshan Chakra out of the divine tree and installed them in the Temple.

Another traditional legend, has it that, at the end of the “Treta Yug” (epoch in Hindu Mythology), the original image of Lord Jagannath (a deity form of Vishnu) manifested itself (“Swayambhu”) near a banyan tree, on the  the sea-shore in the form of an “Indranila Nilamani” (meaning “Blue Jewel”). It was so dazzling that the God “Dharma” or “Yama” (God of Death) hid it in the sand. In the “Dwapar Yug” (epoch in Hindu Mythology), King Indradyumna of Malwa wanted the mysterious Jewel to manifest itself and underwent harsh penance to locate the same. During his penance, Lord Vishnu directed him to go to the Puri seashore where he found a floating log from which Vishwakarma (the architect of the Gods) fashioned out a magnificent Temple to house the idols and Vishnu himself appeared in the guise of a carpenter to make the idols on one condition – that he was to be left undisturbed until he finished the work.

But, after two weeks, the Queen became very anxious. She thought that the carpenter had died because no sound was coming from the temple, so she requested the King to open the Temple door. They went in and saw Vishnu at work, but as per his condition, he left the idols half-finished without any hands. An “Aakashvani” told the Royal couple to install the idols in their unfinished shape. Although the idols have no hands, they are believed to be watching over the affairs the World and granting boons to their devotees.

The Temple is among the Hindu “Char Dham” (Four divine places of pilgrimage) comprising Rameshwaram, Badrinath, Puri and Dwarka.

Nabakalebara-2015:

At the Jagannath Temple in Puri, Orissa, the uniqueness about the idols of the deities is that they are made of wood instead of stone or metals as is seen in most other temples. As such, every 12 to 19 years, these wooden idols are required to be replaced by using sacred trees that have to be carved out as exact replicas of the old idols.

The name “Nabakalebar” (“Naba” means “new”, while “Kalebar” means “body”) is given to an ancient ritual/ceremony associated with the Lord Jagannath Temple, Puri (Orissa, India) when the idols of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra and Sudarshan Chakra are replaced by a new set of idols. “Nabakalebar” is a symbolic recreation of wooden forms of the deities.

It is believed that a year which has two months (“Adhikmas” or “Malamaas”) of “Ashaadh” as per the Hindu calendar is auspicious for conducting the ceremony. This usually occurs every 12 to 19 years from the previous Nabakalebar.

The reason behind this ceremonial tradition is a highly secret ceremony called “Nabakalebar” which entails an intricate set of rituals that accompany the renewal of the wooden statues.

The deities are made from a special variety of Neem wood known as “Daru Bramha”. Preparations for the ceremony start sometime in the month of “Chaitra”. The last such ceremony took place in 1996 (Gregorian calendar). 2015 is the year for the next ceremony/ritual which was held in July 2015.

Jima Bera Paritagya” (meaning “leaving the old deity” and consecration of the new one. Just as a person puts on new clothes, giving up the new ones, the soul similarly accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and worn out ones).

The above philosophical view is applied to Shri Jagannath also.

According to different arcane protocols followed from time immemorial in the Temple, the ritual/ceremony for changing the idols has been in practice. The new idols of the deities are made of “Neem” tree wood basically along with Musk, sandalwood and several other rare combinations and they undergo change of “Vigraha” before the “Adhik Asaadh” ends.

Ordinary Neem tree wood cannot be used to make the deities. A well defined criteria has to be adhered to before the Neem trees are labelled as a “Daru Bramha” fit for making the deities:

The “daru” of Jagannath should have four main branches. The bark of the tree should have a sign of a “Shankh” (or a “conch shell”) and a “Chakra” on it. There should be a cremation ground near the tree and an anthill near the tree and a snake hole at the roots of the tree. The tree should be situated near a river or pond or a three-way crossing or be surrounded by three mountains. There should be no nests of birds on the tree and no bird should have ever perched there. The tree should be surrounded by other trees preferably Varuna, Sahada and Belva. There should be a temple of Lord Shiva in the neighbourhood of the tree and a heritage site.

The “daru” of Balbhadra should have seven branches. The skin of the tree should be of light brown or white colour. It should have a sign of plough and pestle on it. Near the tree should be a heritage site and a graveyard.

The “daru” of Subhadra should have five branches. The bark of the tree should be yellowish. There should be a sign of a lotus flower on the tree.

The “daru” (log) of Sudarshan Chakra should have three branches. The skin (bark) of the Neem tree should be reddish.

Locating the four holy trees requires divine intervention. As per tradition, the priests of the Jagannath Temple, Puri worship Maa Mangala at the Kakatpur Mangala Temple. It is believed that the Goddess appears to them in their dreams revealing the location of the holy trees.

 Apart from the regulation associated with the selection of the trees, there are various rituals associated with locating the same and bringing them to the Temple Premises.

Puri geared up for Nabakalebar after the four sacred trees were located. The trees are cut down after appropriate rituals and the logs are transported by small carts pulled by devotees all the way to the Jagannath Temple.

Starting at an auspicious hour in secrecy, the logs are carved into Deities within the Temple premises.

On the midnight of “Adhik Asaadh Krishna Chaturdashi”, the “Tattva Padarth” or “Bramha” (meaning the “Life Substance/Essence. The “Tatva Padarth” or Brahma is supernatural”) is transferred from the old deities to the new ones. After this the new deities are worshipped and the old deities are buried in the sand (Koili Baikunth) inside the Temple premises.

Elaborate rituals, numerous myths and several celestial incidents are associated with this auspicious ceremony.

The exact procedure of the transformation of images has been mentioned in the Sanskrit manuscripts written on palm leaves kept in the Temple. Only the three head priests have the responsibility of reading and interpreting them.

On the morning of the second day, the new Deities are seated on the altar or the “Ratna-Singhasan”. On this day, the daily routine of the Temple finally begins again, after a lapse of nearly 58 days. Flower garlands and new garments are given to the new Deities along with food and worship. Devotees can come into the Temple for praying before the Deities.

On the third day, the new deities emerge from the Temple for the biggest Chariot Festival held in India.

The “Nabakalebar” draws millions of people from across the Globe to Puri.

About the Jagannath Rath Yatra Festival:

The Jagannath Rath Yatra Festival is held on Asaadh Shukla Dwitiya (Second day in the bright fortnight of Asaadh month) is believed to be more than 5000 years old and a highly spiritual experience.

According to the Katha Upanishad (Hindu Religious text), this Festival mentions the human body as a “Rath” (Chariot) and the “Saarathi” (driver/charioteer) is God, who drives the chariot towards the material existence. The wheels are the significance of valour. The horses are perseverance and persistence and synonymous with vigour, self-discipline, tolerance, charity and discrimination, whereas pity, equanimity and forgiveness are the reins of the horses.

Traditionally, the Rath Yatra is celebrated annually in Puri, Orissa, when the deities of Lord Jagannath (red and yellow chariot called “Chakradhwaja” or the “tumultous & blissful sound”), his brother Balbhadra (red and green chariot called “Taladhwaja” or the “Sound of Perfect Rhythm”) and sister Devi Subhadra (red and black chariot called “Padmadhwaja” or “the Destroyer of Ego and Pride”) come out of the temple for all to see.

Each deity visits the "Guidicha" Temple in their specific chariots drawn by devotees. The return journey to the Temple of the chariots is called “Bahuda Yatra”. The last “Rath Yatra” took place on 18.07.2015 with great fanfare and religious fervour, with the new deities.

Commemorative stamps issued on the occasion of “Nabakalebar 2015” by India Post:



A First Day Cover (FDC) issued by India post on the occasion of Nabakalebar 2015 bearing a Rs.5/- postage stamp. On the FDC is mentioned “SHRI JAGANNATH DHAM, PURI” (in both Hindi/Devnagri & English) and “Nabaklebar” (in Devnagri) & “Nabakalebara 2015” (in English).



Rs.5/- Postage stamps issued on the occasion of “Nabakalebar” 2015. The image on the stamp shows a log from which Lord Jagannath’s idol would be fashioned and the “Sudarshan Chakra”.

 Neela Chakra emblem of the Sudarshan Chakra atop the Temple together with the flag


An information Brochure issued on the occasion of “Nabakalebar”.

A total of 0.6 million stamps were printed to commemorate the occasion.

 A Rs.5/- miniature stamp sheet  in my collection showing the Puri Rath Yatra issued by India Post in 2010
 This picture has been taken by Sumita of a tiny wooden replica of the idols in the Jagannath, Puri temple. We picked up this piece at an Arts & Crafts Exhibition held in Pune some 3-4 years ago, from a stall put up by artists from Orissa.

The following are some of the photographs sent to me by my friend Shri Rama Shanker Sharma of the July 2015 "Nabakalabera" & the subsequent Chariot or "Rath" Yatra which was attended by millions of devotees/enthusiasts:


The newly sculpted images of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra & Subhadra in July 2015
The Three Chariots or "Raths" preparing for the Rath Yatra
The teeming millions of devotees & enthusiasts at the beginning of the "Rath Yatra"





Links to posts on Indian Post-Cards:

1) Historical First Day Covers on Post Cards compiled by Karnataka Postal Circle on Post Independence India

2) For Part I of the DYKS (32) "Birds of the Himalayas", please click on the following link: ("Birds of the Himalayas" (Part I) - Description of 16 birds with picture postcards)

3) For Part II of DYKS (32): "Birds of the Himalayas", please click on the following link: ("Birds of the Himalayas" Description of 16 Birds with picture postcards)

4) For Part III of DYKS (32): "Birds of the Himalayas" please click on the following link: ("Birds of the Himalayas" Description of 16 Birds with picture postcards)

5) Two Series of Postage Stamps issued during the reign of George V: Inauguration of New Delhi in 1931 and Silver Jubilee of the reign of George V in 1935 compiled by Karnataka Postal Circle   

6) Aero India 2015: Asia's Premier Air Show: A set of 10 Post cards issued by Karnataka Postal Circle, India Post in 2015. 

7) Himalayan Lakes: Chandratal, Roop Kund, Sela, Tsangu and Tsomo Riri: A set of five post cards issued by India Post in 2015 

8)  Incredible India: (Part I) A set of 48 Post Cards issued by India Post in 2015
9) Incredible India: (Part II) A set of 48 Post cards issued by India Post in 2015
10)   Incredible India: (Part III): A set of 48 Post cards issued by india Post in 2015
 11) Olympic Events: A set of 12 Post cards issued by the Karnataka Postal Circle, India Post on 11.07.2016  

12) "Orchids": A set of 12 postcards issued by the Karnataka Postal Cicle of India Post, with designs inspired by 6 Stamps on Orchids issued by India Post on 21.10.1991 and 6 Stamps issued on 08.08.2016 
  
Maximum or Maxim Cards: 

1) Did You Know series (33): 1) Maxim or Maximum Cards 2) A set of 5 Maximum Cards issued by the Department of Posts, India to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Establishment of the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad

"My Stamps" Albums:

1) "Ajanta & Ellora Caves": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Sumita and Rajeev

 2) "Ghats of Varanasi": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Sumita

3) "Sun Temple, Konark": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Rajeev 

4) "Fairy Queen": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Rajeev 

5) "Mahabodhi Temple": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Rajeev 
  
 6) "Port Blair Island": "My Stamps" (issued by India Post): Rajeev

Links to other Commemorative Stamps posts on Indian Stamps issued during 2016:

1)  Special India Post Cover  carried in a dedicated Hot Air Balloon flown during the II International Hot Air Balloon Festival held in Pollachi, Tamilnadu, released by Tamilnadu Circle of India Post in January 2016

2) "Vibrant India": Postage Stamps issued by India Post on this theme

3) MAHAPEX - 2016 held at Nasik from 16-18.01.16: (Part 1) Spl. Covers on Pandu Leni Caves and Smt. Kusum Dhirubhai Mehta released by Maharashtra Postal Circle on 16.01.2016 

4) MAHAPEX - 2016 held at Nashik from 16-18.01.2016: (Part 2) Spl.Covers on Kalaram temple and Nashik "Grape City & Wine Capital of India" released by Maharashtra Postal Circle on 17.01.2016 

5) MAHAPEX - 2016 held at Nashik from 16-18.01.16: (Part 3) Spl. Covers on "Nashik Dhol" and "Dr. Anand Gopalrao Joshi" released by Maharashtra postal Circle on 18.01.2016 

6) International Fleet Review - 2016 (IFR - 16) held at Vishakhapatnam from 04.02.16 to 08.02.16: Commemorative Postage stamps issued by India Post 

7) Celebrating 75 Years of setting up of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal : Commemorative Postage Stamps brought out by India Post. 

8) PUNPEX - 16 held at Chandigarh from 06 - 09.02.2016: (Part 1): Spl. Covers on "Indian Dak Runner" & "The PUNPEX-16 logo" released by Punjab Postal Circle on 06.02.2016 

9) PUNPEX - 16 held at Chandigarh from 06-09.02.2016: (Part 2): Spl. Cover on "Butterflies of Chandigarh" released by Punjab Postal Circle on 07.02.2016 

10) PUNPEX - 16  held at Chandigarh from 06-09.02.2016: (Part 3): Spl. Cover on "Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary, Chandigarh" released by Punjab Postal Circle on 07.02.2016 

11) PUNPEX - 16 held at Chandigarh from 06-09.02.2016: (Part 4): Spl. Cover on "Migratory Birds of Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh" released on 07.02.2016 

12) "Gurudwara Shri Paonta Sahib": Spl. Cover released by HP Postal Circle, of India Post 

13) India's First International Fleet review held on 18.02.2001 at Mumbai 

14) "Jal Mahotsav" on the River Narmada from 12-21.02.2016: Spl Cover issued by the Department of Posts, India 

15) "Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv", Ujjain 22.04.2016-21.05.2016: MAPPEX-2016 Spl Cover released by Postmaster General, Indore Region, India Post on 07.02.2016 

16) Unique Handicrafts of Madhya Pradesh: MAPPEX 2016: A Special Cover issued by the Postmaster General , Indore Region, Indore, on 05.02.2016 

17) Golden Jubilee of The Statesman Vintage & Classic car Rally": Special Cover issued by the Delhi Postal Circle, New Delhi on 28.02.2016 

18) Mahamaham Kumbha Mela Festival, Kumbhakonam, Tamil Nadu: February 13-22, 2016. Special Cover issued by the Postmaster General Tamilnadu Circle, Chennai, India Post. 

19) "Maharaja Agrasen ki Baoli " in New Delhi: "UTSAV 2016"- A Special cover issued by the Delhi Postal Circle on 17.02.2016 

20) Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios Birth Centenary celebrations : A Special Cover issued by Delhi Postal Circle, New Delhi, India Post on 15.02.2016

21) Shri Lakshmi Narayan Temple: UTSAV 2016: A Spl Cover issued on 17.02.2016 by Delhi Postal Circle, New Delhi 

22) National Science Centre Delhi: UTSAV 2016: A Spl Cover issued by the Delhi Postal Circle, New Delhi , Department of Posts, India on 16.02.2016 

23) Commemorating the Birth Centenary of Vasantrao Srinivassa Sinai Dempo: A Rs.5/- Stamp issued by  India Post on 04.03.2016 

24) 150th Anniversary of the Allahabad High Court : Commemorative Stamps & Coins issued by the Department of Posts, India & India Government Mint, Mumbai respectively 

25) National Archives of India (Part 1): 125th Anniversary Celebrations: Commemorative Stamps issued by the Department of Posts, India on 13.03.2016 

26) The Gilgit Record (Manuscripts): National Archives of India (Part 2) A 30 paise Stamp issued in 1979,  by the Department of Posts, India. 

27) "A Minor Rock Edict" of Samrat ashok found in Gujarra , Distt. Datia M.P. : A Special Cover issued by the Indore Region, MP Postal Circle, Deptt. of Posts, India

28) "Batesara Group of Temples": A Special Cover issued by Indore Region, M.P. Postal Circle, Deptt. of Posts, India 

29) "India-UN Women HeForShe Programme": Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post  

30) Fire Services of India: A Rs. 5/- Stamp issued by the department of posts, india to honour the "Fire Services of India

31) Govardhanram Tripathi: Commemorative Rs.5/ Stamps brought out in his honour by the Department of Posts, India. 

32) The "Everlasting Flame international Programme 2016": A Special Cover issued by Delhi Postal Circle, Department of Posts, India. 

33) "Ahimsa Ball": Commemorating the 10th Installation Ceremony of the Ball: A Special Cover issued by the Delhi Postal Circle on 26.04.2016 

34) "BRICS Friendship Cities Conclave 14-16 April 2016, held at Mumbai: A Special Cover issued by the Maharashtra Postal Circle on 14.04.2016 

35) "25th Shukla Day Coin and Philately Fair" held from 22-24.04.2016 at Mumbai: A Special Cover issued by the Maharashtra Postal Circle, India Post on 22.04.2016 

36) "Indian Coast Guard Air Station Chennai Silver Jubilee": A Special Cover issued by Tamilnadu Postal Circle of India Post on 07.03.2016 

37) Swami Chidananda: A Rs.5/- Commemorative stamp issued by India Post on 21.05.2016, celebrating his Birth Centenary. 

38) "Brave Fighter Narvir Shivaji Kashid: A Special Cover issued by Maharashtra Postal Circle on 05.05.2016 

39) Tata Power: Commemorating the centenary of the establishment of The Company by India Post, by issuing Rs.5/- stamps on 10.06.16 

 40) "Surya Namaskar": The theme of second International Day of Yoga: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post on 21.06.2016

41) Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in Jharkhand: DEOPEX:2016: A Special Cover issued by the Jharkhand Postal Circle, India Post on 18.03.2016 

42) "Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar": DEOPEX-2016: A Special Cover issued on him by Jharkhand Postal Circle, India Post on 18.03.2016 

43) "Philatelic Seminar, Jaipur": A Special Cover issued by the Rajasthan Postal Circle, India Post on 28.02.2016 

44) "Shantheyanda Okkada Hockey Namme - 2016": A Spcial Cover issued by Karnataka Postal Circle, India Post on 03.05.2016 

45) The Indian Institute of Architects: Commemorating the Centenary year of the Institute by issuing a Special Cover by Maharashtra Postal Circle, India Post on 12.05.2016  

46) Indian Naval Air Squadron 300 (INAS 300): A Special Cover issued on the Induction of MiG-29Ks and de-induction of Sea Harriers in the Squadron, by the Maharashtra Postal Circle of India Post on 11.05.2016 

47) State Trading Corporation : Celebrating 60 Glorious Years: A Special Cover issued by the Delhi Postal Circle, India Post on 18.05.2016 

48) Christ Church Fort Teppakullam, Tirichirappalli: 250th Anniversary Celebrations: A Special Cover issued by Tamilnadu Postal Circle, India Post on 17.05.2016 

49) "BSE" (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange): Commemorating the 140th Year of its establishment: A Rs.5/- commemorative stamp brought out by India Post on 09.07.2016 

50) "VIKAS PARV - CHHAU DANCE": A Special Cover issued by Jharkhand Postal Circle on 17.06.16 

51) 65th Plenary of the North Eastern Council held on 26-27 May 2016 at Shillong: A Special Cover brought out by the NE Postal Circle of India Post, on 03.06.2016 

52) Platinum Jubilee of the First Philatelic Bureau set up in Mumbai: A Special Cover issued by Karnataka Postal Circle, India Post on 21.06.2016 

53) Chennai Book Fair: A Special Cover issued by the Tamilnadu Postal Circle of India Post on 01.06.2016

54) Chennai Book Fair (Part II) A.K. Chettiar : One of 6 eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal Circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

55) Chennai Book Fair (Part III): T.Janakiraman: One of 6 eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

56) Chennai Book Fair (Part IV): P.V. Akilandam: One of 6 eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal Circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

57) Chennai Book Fair (Part V): D. Jayakanthan: One of 6 eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal Circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

58) Chennai Book Fair : (Part VI): Pudhumaipithan: One of Six Eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal Circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

59) Chennai Book Fair: (Part VII): Va Ramasamy: One of six eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal Circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

60) Tadoba Andhari National Park: Commemorative stamps brought out by India Post on "International Tiger Day" at Nagpur on 29.07.2016 

61) Tara Mata Temple Shimla: Famous Temples of Himachaal Pradesh Series: A Special Cover issued by HP Postal Circle of India Post on 29.04.2016 

62) Bagla Mukhi Temple, Bankhandi, Kangra: Famous Temples of Himachal Pradesh Series: A Special Cover released by the H.P. Postal Circle of India Post on 29.04.2016  

63) Chintpurni Temple , Chintpurni Una, HP: Famous temples of Himachal {radesh Sries: A Special Cover released by H.P.Postal Circle of India Post on 29.04.2016 

64) Ter-Centenary of the martyrdom of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur: A Special Cover brought out by Delhi P0stal Circle of Indiapost on 20.06.2016 

65) "Rio 2016" Summer Olympics: Commemorative Stamps and booklets issued by the Department of Posts, India on 05.08.2016

66) "Orchids": A set of 6 Commemorative postage stamps brought out by India Post on 08.08.2016  

67) Indian Metal Crafts: A set of six Stamps issued by India Post on 26.08.2016 

68) Independence Day - Tourism in India: A Rs. 25/- Commemorative Stamp issued by India Post on 15.08.2016 

Links to other Commemorative Stamps posts on Indian Stamps issued during 2014 and 2015:

1) 2014 FIFA World Cup held in Brazil - A set of four stamps issued by India Post.

2) Commemorative Stamps on "Swachh Bharat" Mission

3) Commemorative Stamps on "Project Rukmini"

4) Commemorative Stamps on "Indian Ocean & Rajenda Chola I"

5) International Day of Yoga - "Commemorative Stamps & Coins" 

6) India-France - 50 Years of Space Co-operation - Commemorative Stamps

7) Commemorative Stamps on 50 years (Golden Jubilee) of "Engineers India Limited"

8Bicentenary of the "Old Theological Seminary" (OTS) Kottayam, Kerala

9Commemorative stamps issued on Nabakalabera (Jagannath Temple, Puri)

10) Commemorative stamps issued on an Indian Game called "Sagol Kangjei" originated in Manipur, from which Polo was adapted all over the World  

11) Samrat Ashok - Commemorative Stamps issued on the legendary Emperor of Ancient India 

12) Women Empowerment - Commemorative Stamps

13) Baba Amte - Commemorative Stamps 

14) Did You Know Series (4): A sample of the beautiful stamps brought out by Department of Posts, India 

15) 10th World Hindi Conference held at Bhopal - Commemorative Stamps issued by Department of Posts India

16) 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Indo-Pak War: Commemorative stamps issued by Department of Posts, India. 

17) Commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the Birth of Dr. B.R. Ambedker by Department of Posts, India with a stamp titled "Dr B.R. Ambedkar and the Indian Constitution" 

18) The "Charkha" or the Spinning Wheel: Commemorative stamps issued by the Department of Posts, India 

19) Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam - Commemorative Stamp issued by the Department of Posts, India 

20) 50th Anniversary of the Border Security Force (BSF): Commemorative Stamp issued by the Department of Posts, India 

21) 3rd India- Africa Forum Summit at New Delhi - Commemorative Stamps issued by Department of Posts, India 

22) Commemorating the Golden Jubilee of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL): Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post.

23) Commemorating the Bicentenary of the Raising Day of the First and Third Gorkha Rifles: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post.  

24) India-Singapore Joint issue: 50 Years of Bilateral Relationship: Two Commemorative Stamps issued by India-Post. 

25) Celebrating 60 years (Golden Jubilee) of EEPC India: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post. 

26) Centenary of the setting up of the Zoological Survey of India: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post 

27) Celebrating Children's Day on November 14th - Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post. 

28) Musicians of India - Commemorating Classical Musicians of India by issue of Stamps by India Post. 

29) Sumitranandan Pant (poet and writer) : Commemorative postage stamps issued on him by India Post 

30) Golden Jubilee of the Establishment of the IDSA, New Delhi: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post 

31) 100 Years of Return of Mahatma Gandhi to India in 1915: Commemorative postage stamps issued by India Post 

32) Commemorating Alugumuthu Kone, one of the first Freedom Fighters against the British: Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post

33) Centennial of the Patna High Court of Judicature: Commoemrative Stamps issued by India Post 

List of Commemorative Stamps Posts on stamps issued in 2013: 

1) Commemorative Postage stamps on the "Wild Flowers of India" issued by India Post.

2) 100 Years of Indian Cinema: 50 commemorative stamps issued by India Post. 

List of Commemorative Stamps Posts on Stamps issued in 2012:

1) Shekhawati and Warli Paintings (Part I) - Warli Paintings - Commemorative postage stamps brought out by India Post in 2012

2) Shekhawati and Warli Paintings (Part II) - Shekhaati Paintings - Commemorative postage stamps brought out by India Post in 2012 

List of Commemorative Stamps Posts  on Stamps issued in 2011:

1) Commemorative Postage Stamp of Rs.100/- issued on Mahatma Gandhi on Khadi Cloth for the first time ever by India Post.

List of Commemorative Stamps Posts  on Stamps issued in 2010:

1) Princely States of Indore, Sirmoor, Bamra and Cochin : Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post

List of Commemorative Stamps Posts issued in 2008: 

1) Centenary of the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru: Commemorative Stamps brought out by Indiapost in 2008

2) Standard Chartered Bank: Commemorating 150 Years of Banking in India: A Rs.5/- Commemorative Postage Stamp issued depicting the SCB Mumbai Heritage Building 

3) "Aldabra Giant Tortoise": A commemorative postage stamp brought out by India Post in 2008 

List of Commemorative Stamps issued in 2007:

1) 2550 years of Mahaparinirvana of the Buddha: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post  

Commemorative stamps issued in 1931, 1947 and 1950:

1) Three Series of original Indian stamps which depict : Inauguration of New Delhi (1931), First Independent India postage stamps (1947) and Republic of India Inauguration (1950)

 Postage Stamps from Thailand depicting Buddhist Jataka Tales:

1) Thailand postage stamps commemorating Buddhist Jataka Tales & celebrating Magha Puja Day (Part I)

2) Thailand Post stamps commemorating Buddhist Jataka Tales & celebrating Asalha Puja Day (Part II)  

3) Thailand Post stamps commemorating Buddhist Jataka Tales & celebrating Visakha Puja Day (Part III)

4) Postage stamps from Thailand commemorating Buddhist Jataka Tales

Forever Stamps from United States Postal Service (USPS):

1) Forever Stamps: A Series of Stamps commemorating the "US Civil War 1861-1865"

2) Forever Stamps: The Hindu Festival of Lights - Diwali (2016) 

Postage Stamps from the Bailiwick of Jersey

1) "Man of Steel": A Superman movie. Jersey post stamps commemorating a local lad Henry William Dalgliesh who played Superman in the Movie 

Postage Stamps from Gibraltar:

1) 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta - the Universal guidepost/landmark in Liberty and Freedom: A miniature stamp sheet issued by the Gibraltar Philatelic Bureau

Postage Stamps issued by Hongkong Post:

1) Working Dogs in Government Service: A sheetlet showing six dogs issued by Hongkong Post in June 2012

Postage Stamps issued by New Zealand Post

1) ICC Cricket World Cup - 2015 14 Commemorative Stamps issued with the theme "Have A Ball"

International Philately Exhibitions :

1) World Stamp Show New York 2016

2) Thailand 2016 - FIAP 32nd Asian International Stamp Exhibition 10-15 August 2016