RUSHIPEX 2013:Special Cover Released on Ashokan Relics at Jaugarh

Berhampur (Odisha)region of India Post organized a  two-day district-level philatelic \"rushipexexhibition \’Rushipex-2013 on 23rd February 2013. Senior Superintendent of this postal division, Dibakar Patnaik, Vice-Chancellor of Berhampur University Jayant Mohapatra, Post Master General of Berhampur region, S.P.Ramlingam, deputy superintending archaeologist of Bhubaneswar circle Jivan Kumar Patnaik attended the ceremony for inauguration of special cover on Jaugarh stone relics.This special cover depicting a major historical remain of the country.

Jaugarh is situated at distance of 35 kilometres from Berhampur. It was once fortified provincial capital of Mauryan King Ashoka. The rock inscriptions at Jaugarh are engraved on three different tablets on vertical face of a picturesque granite rock of the Khapingala hills. The inscriptions are in Prakrit language written in Brahmi script.

The special Rock Edicts were inscribed in the form of instructions of Ashoka to the ‘Mahamatras’ to be impartial and conciliatory to the people, and to promulgate the principles on which Ashoka had decided to build up the base of his administration in Kalinga and its bordering tribes.There are special Kalinga Edicts specially meant for the people of Kalinga which are unique to this place. These inscriptions have been declared protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

The Postal Department also conducted a philatelic quiz for students as part of the two-day philatelic exhibition.\’Odisha in Stamps\’ – a special section has also been put up, where stamps from different periods were displayed. Special covers and old postal letters of various countries with brief backgrounds are also displayed in at least 70 frames.

The exhibition was organized to encourage the younger generation to develop philately as a hobby and educate it on significance of stamps, said PMG ( Berhampur) SP Rajlingam.

Archaeologist Jeevan Kumar Patnaik said, \”Stamps on particular subjects will help a lot of researchers.\” There is a also a provision for sale of some old Indian stamps at the exhibition.

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