Temples of India on Stamps of Guinea-Bissau

By Kamal Jain and Abishek Jalan

Guinea-Bissau, officially the Republic of Guinea-Bissau is a country in West Africa . It is bordered by Senegal   to the north and Guinea  to the south and east, with the Atlantic Ocean  to its west. The Postal Department of Guinea-Bissau honored India with a commemorative stamp on Tirupati Temple in the background and Thanjavur Balasarawati, Bharatanatyam Dancer in the front.


\"\"Tirumala Venkateswara Temple is a Hindu temple  in the hill town of Tirumala , of Andhra Pradesh .The Tirumala Hill is 853m above sea level and is about 10.33 square miles (27 km2) in area. It comprises seven peaks, representing the seven heads of Adisesha , thus earning the name Seshachalam. The seven peaks are called Seshadri, Neeladri, Garudadri, Anjanadri, Vrushabhadri, Narayanadri, and Venkatadri. The temple is on Venkatadri (also known as Venkatachala or Venkata Hill), the seventh peak, and is also known as the \”Temple of Seven Hills\”. The presiding deity  of the temple is Lord  Venkateswara , a form of the Hindu  god Vishnu . Venkateswara is known by other names: Balaji, Govinda, and Srinivasa. The temple lies on the southern banks of Sri Swami Pushkarini, a holy water tank. The temple complex comprises a traditional temple building, with a number of modern queue and pilgrim lodging sites.The temple is the richest pilgrimage center, after the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple  in Thiruvananthapuram,Kreala , of any faith (at more than 50,000  crore) and the most-visited place of worship in the world. The temple is visited by about 50,000 to 100,000 pilgrims daily (30 to 40 million people annually on average), while on special occasions and festivals, like the annual Brahmotsavam , the number of pilgrims shoots up to 500,000, making it the most-visited holy place in the world.

BALASARAWATI:Balasaraswati (13 May 1918 – 9 February 1984) was a celebrated Indian dancer, and her rendering of Bharatanatyam , a classical dance style, made this style of dancing of South India  well known in different parts of India , as also many parts of the world. Balasaraswati was a seventh generation representative of a traditional marilineal family of musicians and dancers who have been described as the greatest single repository of the traditional performing arts of music and dance of the southern region of . India Post also honored her with a commemorative stamp in 2010.Guinea-Bissau, honored India with an another commemorative stamp on Akshardham Temple of Delhi in the background and G K Moopnar in the front.


Akshardham is a Hindu Temple  complex in Delhi  the complex displays millennia of traditional Indian and Hindu culture, spirituality, and architecture. The building was \"\"inspired and moderated by Pramukh Swami Mharaj , the spiritual head of the Bochasanwsi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha , whose 3,000 volunteers helped 7,000 artisans  construct Akshardham.The temple was officially opened on 6 November 2005. It sits on the banks of the Yamuna . The monument, at the center of the complex, was built off of the  Vastu Shastra . The complex features a large central monument crafted entirely of stone, exhibitions on incidents from the life of Swaminarayan  and the history of India.

G K MOOPNAR:G.K. Moopanar (1931-2001) was a senior Indian National Congress  leader, a veteran Parliamentarian and a noted philanthropist. He was Congress general secretary from 1980 to 1988. Moopnar  was a close associate of Veteran Congress leader and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Late Thiru. K. Kamraj . He was a very powerful Congress leader who was known to have turned down high-ranking cabinet positions multiple times. He was once offered the Defense Cabinet Minister position by Mrs. Indira Gandhi and he refused to take it. He, much like his mentor Thiru Kamajar, was also known as the \”King MakerIndia Post honored him with a commemorative stamp in Aug 25 2010.

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2 Responses to Temples of India on Stamps of Guinea-Bissau

  1. atish jain says:

    I cant understand that why these type of stamps are issued from these little known countries? what is the relation of gk.moopnar with Akshardham? what is the relation of balasaraswati and Tirumala temple?
    can anybody clarify? I think this is just money swindling business by printing stamps on Indian themes like Indian actors and other personalities. Those who have not been honoured in India during their lifetime are getting their stamps printed from such small countries.


    Great Indian Temples & earthly personalities. Mindless, meaninfless
    stamps. Very very funny & crazy stuff.

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