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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

275) “Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv - 2016”, Ujjain 22 April to 21 May 2016: MAPPEX-2016 (M.P. State Level Philatelic Exhibition – 2016): Special Cover released by Postmaster General, Indore Region, Indore on 07.02.2016:



275) “Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv - 2016”, Ujjain 22 April to 21 May 2016: MAPPEX-2016 (M.P. State Level Philatelic Exhibition – 2016): Special Cover released by Postmaster General, Indore Region, Indore on 07.02.2016:


MAPPEX – 2016:

The 12th Madhya Pradesh Philatelic Exhibition (MAPPEX) was held at Indore, M.P. from the 5th to 7th February 2016, conducted by the Postmaster General, Indore, under the Madhya Pradesh Postal circle of the Department of Posts, India. The exhibits on display included  - Exhibits from the National philatelic Museum, New Delhi, Army Postal Services, India Security Press, Exhibits of eminent Philatelists, Postal History (including Cancellations, Covers etc),Indian Classics (including Essays, Proofs, Specimens etc.), General Cancellations – Pre and Post Independence India – First day Covers, Indian airmails, Indian Postal Stationery, Stamps and Postal Stationery from Indian States – Convention States & Feudatory or Princely States – Aero-philately, World Philately etc. A special Souvenir containing interesting and informative articles on Philately was brought out on the occasion along with Special Covers and Special Pictorial Cancellations.

The Special Cover released to commemorate “Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv - 2016” by the Postmaster General, Indore Region, Department of Posts, India:

I have recently received this Special Cover from the epostoffice, Philately Museum New Delhi:


The Special Cover shows the logo of the M.P. State Level Philatelic Exhibition titled “Mappex- 2016” on the top left hand corner. To its right is given the inscription “M.P. Rajya Stariya Dak Tikat Pradarshni “Mappex 2016” (in Hindi) and M.P. State Level Philatelic Exhibition “Mappex 2016” (in English). Below this is the inscription “(Kumbh) Mahaparv 2016, Ujjain Simhasth”. Further below is an image of a Sadhu from one of the religious “Akharas” blowing a “Shankh” (Conch shell) announcing the arrival of the Kumbh Mela. The Rs.5/- Stamp shows the picture of Sage Chattampi Swamikal. The Cancellation Stamp is of Indore GPO and is titled “Simhasth” with the date of Cancellation “07.02.2016”

Chattampi Swamikal (1853-1924): was a Hindu sage and social reformer. His thoughts and work influenced many social, religious and political organisations and movements in Kerala and for the first time gave voice to the marginalised sections of Society. He denounced the orthodox interpretation of Hindu texts and strived to reform the ritualistic & caste-ridden Hindu Society of the late 19th Century Kerala. He worked for the emancipation of women and promoted vegetarianism and non-violence. He authored several books on spirituality, history and language.



The Back of the Special Cover has the inscription “Vishesh Aavaran 7 Ferwari 2016 ko Ujjain Simhasth Mahakumbh par Jaari, Saujanya se – Dainik Bhaskar” (in Hindi) and  “Special Cover released on 7th February 2016 on Ujjain Simhasth Mahakumbh, Courtesy: Dainik Bhaskar” (in English). There are seven pictures taken during previous Simhasth Mahakumbh Festivals. Towards the bottom is the logo of “India Post” and the inscription “Issued by Postmaster General, Indore region, Indore - 452001
 The newspaper advertisement brought out by the Organisers. The Advt. states "Alaukik Anubhutiyon se Sakshatkar" (Interface with/Experience Divine Energies) at Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv, Ujjain 22 April to 21 May 2016. "Barah Varshon Ke Baad Shradha Aur Aastha Ka Anootha Anubhav Aapki Prateeksha Mein" ("After twelve years, a unique experience of Devotion and Belief awaits you"). There is an image of the Mahakaleshwar temple - one of the 12 Jyotirlings in India. At the bottom is an invite asking pilgrims to visit Ujjain for an experience of devotion in a vibrant world.
What is a “Kumbh Mela”?

Kumbh” in its literal English translation means “Pot” and it emerged during the “Samudra Manthan” (meaning “Churning of the Sea/Ocean”) a project which the “Devas” (Gods) and the “Asuras” (Demons) had undertaken among themselves. The term “Mela” signifies a “Fair”.

The Legend of  the "Churning of the Ocean" or “Samudra Manthan:
As elaborated in the “Vedas” (Hindu Religious texts) and the “Bhagvat Purana”, “Vishnu Purana”, “Mahabharat” and the “Ramayan” (all Hindu scriptures & religious books), it is believed that at the beginning of the Creation of the Universe, the “Devas” had lost their strength and to regain it, they thought of churning the “Ksheer Sagar” (meaning “Primordial Ocean of Milk” – akin to the “Primordial Soup”) for gaining possession of “Amrit” (the "nectar of immortality"). They struck a truce with their enemies, the “Asuras”, with an understanding that the “Amrit” would be shared equally among both parties. 
During the “Samudra Manthan”, several “Ratnas” (treasures) emerged – goddesses, supernatural animals, “Kalpavriksh” (the tree which granted wishes/boons) valuable adornments, a powerful bow, the moon, a pot of poison and a pot of nectar (or "Amrit" - or nectar of immortality), among other items.

The “Devas” did not want to share the "Amrit" with the “Asuras”. At the instance of Lord Indra, the King of the “Devas”, his son Jayant tried to run away with the pot of nectar, but he was followed by some of the “Asuras”. During the struggle for its possession, a few drops of the “Amrit” (nectar of immortality) fell at four places corresponding with present day – Haridwar, Allahabad (Prayag), Ujjain and Nasik on the Earth. The drops of nectar were received by the holy rivers at these places.

The Astrological significance & relevance of the Kumbh Festival:



Once every twelve years, the same astrological configuration falls into place at one of the four places – Haridwar, Allahabad (Prayag), Nasik and Ujjjain –, similar to the placement of the planets during the period of the “Samudra Manthan”. This configuration triggers the bubbling of all the holy waters into which the drops of “Amrit” had fallen (the River Saraswati at Allahabad (Prayag), the River Ganga at Haridwar, the River Godavari at Nasik and the River Kshipra at Ujjain) and Cosmic Energy begins to spread upto a radius of about 45 km in the holy rivers from the epicentre.

At Ujjain, this Cosmic Energy flow happens in the centre-point of the River Kshipra that flows adjoining to the ancient Mahakaleshwar Temple – one of the “Jyotirlings” in India.

Within this invisible bubbling source of the highest Cosmic Energy lies the secret to human redemption, salvation and immortality.

It is believed that “Amrit” keeps on spurting into these holy waters during the entire period of the Kumbh Mela and a dip in these waters during this time, results in the subtle energy points in our human aura and our physical human body to absorb these Cosmic Energies fully. This, in turn, has the effect of bringing about a change in the mind, body and spirit, thereby affecting one’s destiny to become better.

It is also believed that these Energies also create a direct Cosmic link to the Heavens and absolves the devotee of past misdeeds/sins and the person starts with a clean slate looking towards a better future.

The Auric absorption of the Cosmic Energy is so high that it also helps a pilgrim to connect through the Cosmic Energies with the spirits of 88 generations of his past ancestors and purge and absolve them of any sins committed during their lifetimes on Earth.
As such, “Kumbh” is held at each of the three places – Haridwar, Allahabad (Prayag), Nasik – while “Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv” is held at Ujjain, once every 12 years. 
Determining the location of the Kumbh:

The position of the Sun, Moon and Jupiter in different Zodiac signs determines the location of the “Kumbh” in each of these four centres.

Kumbh in Haridwar: When the Sun is in the Zodiac sign Aries and Jupiter is in Aquarius, the “Kumbh Mela” is held in Haridwar.

Kumbh in Allahabad (Prayag): When the Sun is in Capricorn and Jupiter is in Taurus, it is held in Allahabad (Prayag).

Kumbh in Nasik: When Jupiter enters the Zodiac Sign Leo, it is held in Nasik. It is also held in Nasik, when Jupiter, Sun and Moon enter the Zodiac sign Cancer on “Amavasya”.
 The position of the Celestial orbs at the time of the Ujjain "Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv".

Kumbh in Ujjain: Ujjain, one of the most sacred places in India, is located on the banks of the sacred River Kshipra in the western region of Madhya Pradesh. The Kumbh is held in Ujjain when a rare configuration of planets takes place which happens once in 12 years. When the Sun (in Sanskrit “Surya”) is in the Zodiac Sign Aries (in Sanskrit “Mesh”) and Jupiter (in Sanskrit “Brahaspati”)  is in the Zodiac Leo (in Sanskrit “Simha”), the Kumbh Mela takes place in Ujjain. Considering its relevance to the Zodiac “Leo” (meaning “Simha” in Sanskrit), the Kumbh is also referred to as “Simhasth Kumbh”.

The Yogs or important alignments of the celestial orbs corresponding to important days in the Festival:

There are ten unique and uncommon “Yogs” (alignments of the celestial orbs) which exist and facilitate the organising of the “Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv”.

The following six Yogs will fall on 21.05.2016: Vaishakh Maas, Shukla Paksha, Simha’s Guru, Tula’s Chandra, Purnima Tithi and Kushalthali – Ujjain Tirth.

The four other Yogs available during the one month duration of “Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv” are Sun (Surya) in Aries (Mesh) from 21.04.2016 to 21.05.2016, “Swati Nakshatra” on 20.05.2016, “Vyati-pati Yog” on 19.05.2016 and on Mondays – 25.04.2016, 02.05.2016, 09.05.2016 and 16.05.2016.

Interestingly, in Era 2073 “Vikram Samvat”, “Shiv-Vishati” has a part known as “Som Yog”. As such, Ujjain has a great importance because it is a city of Lord Shiva.

Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv - 2016:

Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv” derives its name from the “Pot of Immortality” or (“Amrit Kund” or pot containing the “nectar of immortality”).

At the time of its occurrence, it is believed that there is the presence of a lot of spiritual energy all over the place during this holy event. It is a unique opportunity where one gets a chance to meet several spiritual seekers, “sadhus” (saints) and “sadhaks” (meaning persons who are on the “path of spiritual search & enlightenment”) and to interact with them and seek the blessings.

The “Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv” is going to take place from 22nd April to 21st May 2016 ( in Sanskrit & as per the Indian calendar this is the period between  “Chaitra Shukla Purnima – Vaishakh Shukla Purnima, Vikram Samvat 2073”).

It is a great bathing festival which is expected to have over 50 million or 50,000,000 persons from all walks of life coming from across the world, participating in the Kumbh Mela to celebrate this auspicious month and to take the holy dip. The ceremonial bathing takes place in the River Kshipra on full moon day of Chaitra month and continues at different intervals during the entire month of Vaishakh, culminating on the tenth full moon day.

Pilgrims visit the “Mahakaleshwar Jyotirling” and other ancient temples in and around Ujjain and thereafter find spiritual solace in “Satsangs” (spiritual gatherings) and “Sankirtan” (singing of spiritual songs, invoking the Gods), in “Mahaparv Kshetra” or the “Mela Kshetra” (the “Fair grounds”) with the great “Sadhus” (Mystics & holy men).

The cultural events:

Traditionally, Simhasth Mahaparv is celebrated by various Akharas (“Schools of Thought” or “Religious Sects”) in which a “Peshwal” (or “Procession”)  is organised in which the heads of the Akharas (holy men) sit on silver thrones (“Simhasans”) on elephants with Sadhus on horses and camels, followed by Sadhus, hermits and devotees on foot.

During the Simhasth Mahaparv 2016, various events are being organised by the Akharas – Bhagwat Katha, Ram Katha, Bhajan, Havan, Sunderkand, Pujan, Yoga, cultural events, exhibitions and sports. Traditionally, the Dutta Akhara Zone is occupied by the “Shaiv Panthis” (Followers of the Shiva Religious Sect) and Mangalnath Zone is occupied by the “Vaisnav Panthis” (Followers of the Vaishnav Religious Sect).

The dip of immortality and attaining Moksh (liberation from the cycle of birth-death-rebirth):

The holy dip in the Kshipra River is taken on the auspicious days at a defined time at which it is believed that “Nectar” from the “Kumbh” (Pot) was dropped in the holy River and Cosmic Energies flow at their highest intensities. It is believed that the Kshipra River on these occasions purifies the soul and washes away the sins of all the persons who take a dip in its waters and they get “Moksh” (Salvation) and put an end to the perpetual cycle of birth – death – rebirth.
Posted on 07.05.2016:

I have yesterday received this Special Cover on the first "Shahi Snan" (meaning "Royal Bath") at the Simhasth Kunbha Mahaparv 2016, from the epostoffice, Philately Museum New Delhi:

The above is an image of the Special Cover issued on the occasion. Mentioned on the Front of the Cover is "Pratham Shahi Snan,  Simhastha Kumbh Mahaparv 2016, Ujjain (M.P.) both in Hindi and English. There is a background of the river Shipra with an image of the Mahakaleshwar Temple in the foreground. Also seen is an assorted group of "Sadhus" ("mendicants") pictured on a Conch shell. There is an image of the Emblem of the "Simhastha Kumbha Mahaparv 2016". The Rs.5/- stamp is on the "International Day of Yoga- 21.06.2015" and shows the Emblem of International Day of Yoga. The Cancellation Stamp is inscribed " Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv 2016 both in Hindi and English and is of Ujjain Head Post Office. The Cancellation is dated "22.04.2016" which is the starting day of the Festival.
 The Back of the Special Cover shows pictures of various facets of the Banks of the River Shipra - a crowd of bathers on the Ghats and the steps (Ghats) leading to the River Shipra. There is the name of the issuing Authority : "Office of the Postmaster General Indore Region, Indore".
Posted on 21.05.2016:
 “Panchkroshi Yatra”:
 I have yesterday received the Special Cover on the Panchkroshi Yatra at Ujjain,  from the epostoffice, National Philatelic Museum, New Delhi:

 The Front of the Special Cover is titled "Sinhatha Kumbh Mahaparv 2016 Ujjain, and exhibits a map of the entire Panchkroshi pilgrimage. Below the map is inscribed "Panchkroshi Yatra, Ujjain" (in both Hindi and English". The Rs.5/- postage stamp is from another hindu text titled "Jayadeva Aur Geetgovind" which was issued in 2005. The Cancellation stamp reads "Simhasth, Panchkroshi Yatra". The cancellation is of Ujjain Head Office and is dated "01.05.2016".
The Back of the Special Cover is titled "Vishesh Aavaran : 1 Mai Panchkroshi Yatra Ke Pratham Divas Par Jaari. Saujanya Se : Dainik Bhaskar" (in Hindi) and 
"Special Cover: Released on 1st  May 2016 on First day of "Panchkroshi Yatra". Courtesy: Dainik Dhaskar. (in English)."
In the centre are given five images inside various temples which the pilgrims visit during the Yatra.
At the bottom is mentioned the name of the issuing authority: Postmaster General, Indore Region, Indore. There is also the logo of India Post. 
 This pamphlet shows six  images inside various temples which the pilgrims visit during the Yatra and mentions the name of the sponsor: Dainik Bhaskar.
 About the Panchkroshi Yatra:

The “Panchkroshi Yatra” has a long history and a large number of devotees particularly from the rural areas participate in this event every year. This year the number of pilgrims in the Yatra has almost doubled to around 600,000 due to the Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv. 


The “Panchkroshi Yatra” is an integral part of folk life, religion and culture. The Yatra has found a mention in the “Avantikhand of Skandpuran(meaning “the Avanti chapter of the Skand Puran, an ancient Hindu text”), according to which, there are four “dwaars” (“doors, entry points or gates”) around “Mahakaal Van” (meaning the “Mahakaal forest”) -  “Pingleshwar” in the East, “Vilvakeshwar” in the West, “Uttareshwar” in the North and “Kayavarohaneshwar” in the South.


In the “Panchkroshi Yatra”, pilgrims perform “Pradkashina of Ujjain City” (circumambulation) and then take rest on the Banks of the River Kshipra to finish the “Astha Teerth Yatra” (meaning the “Eight holy places pilgrimage”).


“Panchkroshi Yatra” commences on “Vaishakh Krishna Paksh Dashmi” (date as per the Hindu calendar) and culminates on “Amavasya” (date as per the Hindu calendar). This year, the “Amavasya” fell on Monday (“Somvati Amavasya”), which greatly multiplied/enhanced the significance/importance of the “Yatra”. Legend has it that the pilgrims in the Yatra are absolved of their sins after paying obeisance to the God “Nagchandreshwar Mahadev” (Lord Shiva – the God with the crescent moon and garland of a snake).


The “Yatra” pilgrims reach Pingleshwar on “Ekadashi” festival (the Festival of Lord Shiva) on the first day of the “Yatra”. They perform the worship of the 81st Pingleshwar Mahadev. It is believed that the homes of Panchkroshi pilgrims are blessed with prosperity and wisdom. The “Dharmraj” (“Yama”, the God of Death. He allots a place in Heaven or Hell as per the sins committed by a soul during its time on Earth) in “Swarg” (heaven) too also takes the fact that they have done this pilgrimage and gives them full respect.


Panchkroshi pilgrims also perform the worship of “Kayavarohaneshwar” (Shivling), the 82nd of 84 Mahadevs on “Dwadashi” (next day to the Festival of Ekadashi). Legend has it that whosoever performs the worship of “Kayavarohaneshwar” on “Dwadashi”, gets rid of all his sins and would find a place in heaven.


Panchkroshi pilgrims reach Jethal village and offer prayers to the 84th Dardureshwar Mahadev on “Vaishakh Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi”. It is believed that the forefathers of the pilgrims too get salvation after these prayers are offered.


The Panchkroshi pilgrims, who reach Ujjain on "Amavasya", once again offer prayers to Nagchandreshwar Mahadev after day-long “Ashta Teerth Yatra” and then resume their journey by offering prayers to “Ashwashaskti”. The number of women is far more than men in the "Panchkroshi Yatra". The pilgrims, who undertake the journey with complete independence, halt at several places and perform “Bhajans” (Devotional songs”) and music during the "Yatra". For the villagers it is a religious festival.


With the “Parikrama” (circling) of Ujjain city, they perform the "Parikrama" of all the 84 Mahadevs. It is believed that Ujjain has 84 Mahadevs and “Darshan” (visiting) of all of them gets the pilgrims rid of 84,00,000 “Yonis” (life-times).

Posted on 23.06.2016:

The above image is of a Special Cover received by me yesterday from the epostoffice. It depicts the main "Snan" ghats ("Bathing areas") alongside the Kshipra River - Ram Ghat, Bhukhimata Ghat, Cintaman Ghat, Trivegi Ghat, Rinmukteshwar Ghat, Prashanti Dham Ghat, Mangalnath Ghat and Nrisingh Ghat. The images of the ghats are contained in a "Damru" ( a hand held musical drum which makes rhythmic beats when it is played. This instrument is a favourite with Lord Shiva, the main Hindu Deity of the Mahakumbh Festival).  The Rs.5/- stamp is from the set of stamps depicting "Jaideva and Geet Govind" which was issued in 2008. The Cancellation stamp is titled "Simhasth Mahaparv, Ujjain, 2016, Main Snan Ghats of Simhasth Mahaparv, Ujjain 2016. Ujjain Head Office. The Cancellation date is "21.06.2016", the last date of the Mahakumbh Festival.
The Back of the above Special Cover shows images of pilgrims bathing at various Ghats. The issuer is "Office of the Postmaster General, Indore Region". This face also shows the logo of India Post.
The above image is of another Special Cover received by me yesterday from the epostoffice. It depicts the main Temples of Ujjain: Mahakaal Mandir ("Temple"), Gopal Mandir, Jantar Mandir, Siddh Vat, ISCON Mandir, Mangalnath Mandir, Kaalbhairav Mandir, Chintaman Ganesh Mandir and Bhartari Gufa ("Gufa" meaning "Cave"). The Rs.5/- stamp is titled "Greetings". The cancellation stamp is inscribed " Ujjain Darshan" (in Hindi) and "Ujjain Sight" (in English). The cancellation is of Ujjain HO and is dated "09.05.2016".
                         The Back of the above Special Cover










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







12 comments:

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