Temples of India on Foreign Stamps (1)

By Kamal Jain 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 Akshardham Temple of Delhi on the background and G K Moopnar in the front.

AKSHARDHAM TEMPLE:Akshardham is a Hindu Temple complex in Delhi, India. It is also called as Delhi Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham. The complex displays millennia of traditional Indian and Hindu culture, spiritually, and architecture. The building was inspired by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual head of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam waminarayan Sanstha whose 3,000 volunteers helped 7,000 artisans construct Akshardham.

The Temple, which attracts approximately 70 percent of all tourists who visit Delhi, was officially opened on 6 November 2005

The main monument, at the center of the complex, is 141-foot (43 m) high, 316-foot (96 m) wide, and 370-foot (110 m) long, and is covered top to bottom with carved details of flora, fauna, dancers, musicians, and deities. The monument also contains 148 scale sized elephants in total and weight a total of 3000 tons. Within the monument, under the central dome, lies a murti or statue of Swaminarayan which is 11-foot (3.4 m) high. The murti is surrounded by similar statues of the gurus of the sect. Each murti is made of paanch daatu or five metals in accordance to Hindu tradition. Also within the central monument lie the murtis of other Hindu deities, including Sita Ram, Radha Krishna, Shiv Parvati, and Lakshmi Narayan.

G. K. MOOPNAR:G. K. Moopnar (1931-2001) was a senior Indian National Congress Leader, a veteran Parliamentarian and a noted philanthropist. He was an All India Congress Committee general secretary from 1980 to 1988. He was a close associate of Veteran Congress Leader and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Late Thiru. K Kamaraj. 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 Defence 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 Maker.”

India Post honored him with a commemorative stamp on 25th August 2010.

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3 Responses to Temples of India on Foreign Stamps (1)


    Demeaning a great Hindu Architecture, that too a religious temple!

    The personality in the foreground occupies more millimeters of
    stamp space than the main building of the Akshardham Temple.

    Rather funny & of course abominable.

    A perfect example of a really BAD postage stamp.

  2. Aayush says:

    Ofcourse it has been issued to cater to thematic collectors world wide. Who is bothered about the design when it fetches the revenue to serve its purpose?

  3. Dinu says:

    Do not understand the relation between the temple and the politician.
    Is Guinee Bissau Post trying to kill two birds in one stone by luring two different types of thematic collector with one issue?

    What was the reason that inspired them to issue the stamp? Do they not need proponent like here in India we do.?

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