UNPA:Taj Mahal Stamp Issue

  • UNPA Issued 6 stamps on Taj Mahal on 11 July 2014
  • 3 Stamp Booklets also issued by 3 offices of UNPA
  • Stamps and other products available at UNPA website for sale

\"tajmahalHeritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Cultural heritage and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located. For this year\’s World Heritage stamp series, the United Nations Postal Administration has chosen to feature the Taj Mahal in India.

\"tajmahalThe Taj Mahal, located in the Agra District in Uttar Pradesh, India is widely recognized as \”the jewel of Muslim art in India\” and is considered one of the most universally admired masterpieces of the world\’s heritage.

\"tajmahalIn 1631 Shah Jahan, Emperor during the Mughal empire\’s period of greatest prosperity, was grief-stricken when his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, a Persian princess, died during the birth of their 14th child. The court chronicles of Shah Jahan\’s grief illustrate the love story traditionally held as an inspiration for Taj Mahal. Construction of the complex began in 1632.The principal mausoleum was completed in 1648 and the surrounding buildings and garden were finished five years later.

For its construction an international team of several thousands of masons, stone-cutters, marble workers, mosaicists, painters, calligraphers, dome builders and other artisans were requisitioned from the whole of the empire and also from the Central Asia and Iran. They worked under the orders of the Ustad-Ahmad Lahori, who was the main architect of the Taj Mahal.

The Taj Mahal is regarded by many as the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Islamic, Persian, Ottoman, Turkish and Indian architectural styles. The tomb is the central focus of the entire complex. This large, white marble structure stands on a square platform and consists of a symmetrical building with an arch-shaped doorway topped by a large dome and finial. The main chamber houses the false tombs of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan – the actual graves are at a lower level.

The marble dome that surmounts the tomb is the most spectacular feature. Its height of around 35 metres is about the same as the base of the building. The top of the dome is decorated with a lotus design, which also serves to accentuate its height. The shape of the dome is emphasized by four smaller domes placed at its corners, which replicate the onion shape of the main dome. The dome is topped by a gilded finial, which mixes traditional Persian and Hindustani decorative elements. At the corners of the base are four minarets, which are each more than 40 metres tall.

The exterior and interior decorations of the Taj Mahal are among the finest to be found in Mughal architecture of any period. Throughout the complex, passages from the Qur\’an are used as decorative elements.

The Taj Mahal was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. This remarkable structure\’s enduring aesthetic quality represents a timeless testimony to the love of Jahan for his beloved wife.

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8 Responses to UNPA:Taj Mahal Stamp Issue

  1. Dipak shah says:

    Dear sir

    Stamps is very exalent, I am from Mumbai. How I get this stamps?

    Any tel of post or email so I contact them Ask to send me in mumbai , which I pay to post office, If its possibel send the detail or tel. no. of post office & whom I contact.

    Thanking you
    Dipak shah
    09022148209
    Mumbai

  2. Dear friends from India, I live in the USA and knowing the difficulty in purchasing UNPA items like this from India in foreign currency, I may be able to HELP in making them accessible to any interested individual in Rupee amounts to be paid to me at an address in India and have such items delivered to you from the USA on a pre-paid basis and for a very nominal mark up for my efforts. This is in regards to only the Tajmahal related items from UNPA and not for the dealers please. I’m a philanthropist and an art lover -needless to say a stamp collector too! Contact me personally at LSR_KULKARNI@MSN.COM or at 414 355 9580, this website permitting. Cheers!

    Dr Hemant Kulkarni
    6642 W Pierner Place
    Milwaukee WI 53223
    USA

    • Lalit Kumar Mishra says:

      The help from Dr. Kukarni to philatelists from India regarding availability of UNPA stamp on Tajmahal is praiseworthy. Dr. Kulkarni is requested to let interested philatelists know the details regarding payment for set of stamps, First Day Cover and Stamp Booklet in Indian Rupee, etc.
      With regards,
      Lalit K Mishra, Patna.

  3. Sumit Mishra says:

    dear sir
    stamp is very beautiful. how i get this stamps.

  4. Dinu says:

    Could anyone contact Dr. (Mr.) Kulkarni.
    I think there is something wrong in the email id or I may have made a mistake as I have sent two email at LSR_KULKARNI@msn.com around 17th /18th July to him.

    I feel that the id I have used is in correct form (I mean it is an underscore and it is not a dash.)

  5. Hemant Kulkarni, USA says:

    My e.mail ID is LSR_KULKARNI@MSN.COM (meaning there is an UNDERSCORE like _ and NOT a DASH like- after LSR. I’ve already plenty of contacts from India by now but US UNPA office is short of these items and there is a delay in delivery (to me in US) of up to 4 weeks. Situation could be different at Europe UNPA outlets but US seems to be flooded with huge demand. Be patient and you would be well rewarded!

  6. P. S. Seshadri says:

    I am in New York right now and placed an order for the FDCs through the UNPA website for delivery in India. I got an order confirmation from the Europe office but don’t know of it has shipped.

    • Hemant Kulkarni, USA says:

      ….if you were in NY, perhaps you should have personally stopped at UN post office and done shopping. I live 1000 miles away in USA and had to place an internet based purchase order about a month ago and received a similar reply from Europe (Back order intimation) and nothing received as of this day. Patience with this operation seems to be a sign of virtue but my past experience is they are very reliable!

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