Niger, a small West African country, too is celebrating the Indian festival of Navarathri with special, dazzling stamps. On Thursday, the Niger government released two stamps of Ganesha and Lakshmi Ganesha with golden foil in India, exclusively for the Navarathri festival. The stamps are sold online with a limited edition of 1,500 stamps for Indian collectors.Within seven hours of launching the sale, Alok K Goyal, authorised dealer for the special Niger stamps in India, received 42 orders from Chennai. He has sold 140 stamps across India on the launch day alone.
“The highest number of orders is from Chennai and the next is Bengaluru with 12 orders. The sale will be open till stock is available,” he said.Speaking to DC over phone from Kolkata, Alok K Goyal said that the Niger government had produced these special stamps to mark Navarathri and earn revenue. “The growing popularity of Indian art and culture internationally has initiated the government of Niger to issue these two special stamps during the current festive season in India.”
The Ganesha stamp which is hexagonal in shape and is made of gold foil, is priced at Rs 1001,” he said. The other stamp in the shape of a lotus has Lakshmi and Ganesha decorated with a Swarovski stone and is priced at Rs 1, 111. Goyal said that he wanted to launch these stamps for Ganesh Chathurthi but got delayed because of the special printing with gold foil. Goyal’s site, www.stamps-n-stamps.com has the images of stamps and the facility to order them.