09 July 2020

Stamp Design Competition by India Post

The Department of Post has announced a Stamp Design (Photography) Competition on the theme “UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India (Cultural)” to commemorate the Independence Day 2020 launched on 07.07.2020 at My Gov Portal at the National level. Contestants of all age groups and from all parts of the country may participate in the competition by uploading the photograph clicked by him/ her on the MyGov portal at https://www.mygov.in/task/design-stamp-themed-unesco-world-heritage-sites-india-cultural/. The last date for submission of entries is 27.07.2020.

    The winning entries are used for designing stamps for issue on the occasion of Independence Day.

Design a Stamp themed on UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India (Cultural) 

Terms and Condition 

1. The Entries are invited for “Independence Day 2020 – Stamp Design (Photography) Competition”. The theme of the competition is “UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India (Cultural)”. Each participant has to click one photograph on the related theme and soft copy (JPG file) of that may be uploaded at MyGov portal. 

2. The photo should be clicked by the participant himself/ herself and it should not have been previously published in any print or digital media. 

3. Competition is open to all Indian Citizens/Institutions residing within and outside India. 

4. All entries are governed by the provisions of Emblems and Names (Prevention of improper use) Act, 1950 and any violation of the said Act will result in disqualification. 

5. In case of any copyright issues or any other similar issues, the participant/applicant will be responsible to settle any legal proceedings arising out of it at his/her end. DoP and MyGov will not be responsible for any such issues. 

6. Plagiarism of any nature is not allowed. Anyone found infringing upon others’ copyright would be disqualified from the contest. 

7. The participant should make sure that his / her MyGov profile is accurate and updated for further communication. This includes details such as name, latest photo, country declaration, complete postal address, email ID and phone number. Entries with incomplete profiles would not be considered. 

8. There will be no notification to participants of rejected entries. 

9. DoP reserves the right to cancel or amend all or any part of this Contest and/ or Terms and Conditions/ Technical Parameters/ Evaluation Criteria. However, any changes to the Terms and Conditions/ Technical Parameters/ Evaluation Criteria, or the cancellation of the Contest, will be updated/ posted on the MyGov platform. It would be the responsibility of the participant to keep himself/herself informed of any changes in the Terms and Conditions/ Technical Parameters/ Evaluation Criteria stated for this Contest. 

10.DoP if it so decides, reserves the right not to proceed with the competition at any stage. 

11.Result will be announced by 15.08.2020 at www.indiapost.gov.in and postagestamps.gov.in

The selected winners will be awarded with the cash prize of:
1st Prize - Rs. 50,000/-
2nd Prize - Rs. 25,000/-
3rd Prize - Rs. 10,000/-
5 Consolation prizes - Rs. 5,000/- each

Last date for submission is 27th July, 2020.

07 July 2020

Club News

Dear Reader

I am pleased to release  July 2020 issue of Rainbow Stamp News. It is available on the following link :

06 July 2020

My Dashavatar Collection by Sushil Mehra

Book Review

My Dashavatar Collection by Sushil Mehra

My Dashavatar Collection  Philatelic and Non Philatelic with Special emphasis on Rama and Krishna by Sushil Mehra :   ISBN 978-93-5407-485-1 : Publisher -  Sushil Mehra : Pages : 144 : Paperback : Price : Rs 1200 Available at : Amazon .in : Contact : email – gaureshmehra@gmail.com

The Dashavatara refers to the ten primary incarnations (avatars) of Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation which has Rigvedic origins are Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Narasimha, Vamana, Parashurama, Rama, Krishna, Buddha, and Kalki. Vishnu is said to descend in the form of an avatar to restore cosmic order. The word Dashavatara derives from daśa, meaning 'ten', and avatar (avatāra), roughly equivalent to 'incarnation'.

The book explores the Dashavatars i.e the 10 Avatars (incarnations) of Vishnu through the eyes of Philately. The book showcases stamps, covers, bazaar cards, picture post cards, match box labels on this subject. It has both philatelic and non philatelic material. It is a wonderful book opening a window to the Indian mythology through various philatelic items collected by the author over the years. The best part of the book is that author has explained ten Avtars of Lord Vishnu in a very simple and interesting way through designs, cancellations, postmarks and other   illustrations on stamps, First Day Covers, Special covers, Maxim Cards, Postal Stationery, Bazaar Cards and other philatelic items presented in his philatelic exhibit ‘Jaydeva’s Dashavtara with special emphasis on Rama and Krishna’. 

The second part of the book gives details of mythological characters featured on match box labels. This is also an interesting part of this book as match box label collection has been a  hobby of many collectors . The printing quality, design and layout of the book is excellent . This colorful book is an asset for a Thematic Philatelist, book lover and for all those who have special interest in Indian mythology. In fact the book inculcates person’s   interest in Indian mythology especially the young generation who is unaware about it. The book is very intersting featuring a variety of philatelic items on this theme with the detail. I recommend this book to all philatelists, book lovers, stamp collectors . The school and college libraries must have this book for the students to let them know more about Indian culture and mythology. It is also a very good Coffee Table book for everyone ! 


About the author

 Sushil Mehra is a noted philatelist and numismatist of Bangalore and writes regularly on stamps . His FB philatelic posts on Pan India Pictorial Place cancellation  Group ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/panindiapostal/) are very popular among philatelists with interesting stories of everyday life and its association with stamps. He is a member of Karnataka Numismatic Society and  Karnataka Philatelic Society. Karnataka Postal Circle has released Postcards on his collection and two books on special Covers of Karnataka to which he has contributed. The Economic Times has published an article on his collection. He recently authored and published a book on Glimpses of Vintage Bengaluru Collection of Picture Post Cards. Mr Sushil Mehra may be contacted at email : gaureshmehra@gmail.com

24 June 2020

PHILEX 2020 - First Online Stamp Exhibition in Bangladesh


First Online Stamp Exhibition in Bangladesh

Application Close: 10 July 2020

Source : Philatelic Exhibitions Whats App Group

21 June 2020

International Day of Yoga

21 June - International Day of Yoga

The International Day of Yoga has been celebrated annually on 21 June since 2015, following its inception in the United Nations General Assembly in 2014. Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice which originated in India. 

2020 Theme: "Yoga for Health - Yoga at Home"

While the social distancing measures adopted by countries to fight the COVID-19 pandemic have shut down yoga studios and other communal spaces, yoga practitioners have turned to home practice and online yoga resources. Yoga is a powerful tool to deal with the stress of uncertaintly and isolation, as well as to maintain physical well-being. The United Nations offers yoga resources to its personnel and others on the Coronavirus portal's section on Wellness. The World Health Organization mentions yoga as a means to improve health in its Global action plan on physical activity 2018–2030: more active people for a healthier world. 

Surya Namaskar

Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation is a sequence of 12 powerful yoga poses. Besides being a great cardiovascular workout, Surya Namaskar is also known to have an immensely positive impact on the body and mind. India Post issued a set of 12 stamps and a Miniature sheet on Surya Namskar on 20 June 2016.

12 June 2020


Commodore Anil Kumar Dhir, passed away on 8th June in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. He was about eighty years of age. Commodore Dhir was an Electrical Officer from Submarines and  was part of the commissioning crew of INS Vela and INS Kursura. He was an avid philatelist and had designed the stamp on the occasion of 250th Anniversary of Naval Dockyard Bombay in 1986.

His article A Facet of Naval Philately and Naval Submarines  is available on following link :

An article was also published in Rainbow Stamp Club  on Naval Philatelic Society of India giving a reference about his philatelic exhibit on ships.

Philatelic Community of India recently lost two great philatelists, Commodore  Anil Kumar Dhir and Shri Anil Kumar Pujara. Our deepest condolences to family members of  Commodore  Dhir and Shri Anil Pujara . RIP.....

Punyashlok,Anil Pujara, Philatelist shall always remain immortal.His sudden demise in this early age has given a great shock to the Philatelic world.Through his passion and love for his hobby of Philately, he became well acquainted and respected within the philatelic fraternity of the country. 

He was an active member of JPG group and also associated with Phila Mirror news. Till his last breath on 8th June, he remains connected to his hobby.  He retired as senior  manager from Union Bank of India He is survived by his wife, son and two daughters. Philatelists of the country pay their tributes and homage to this pious soul.


Pradip Jain FRPSL
Pragya Jain
Philatelist, Patna
Member:Philatelic Congress of India | India Study Circle| Royal Philatelic Society, London

His last Post 

Shri Anil Kumar Pujara was  writing a regular post on Unique stamps on FB...He wrote his  Last Post  on 6th June which I am giving here...and also one written on 5th June.

6 June 2020

In the year 2017, Canada Post issued a beautiful souvenier sheet to falicitate Canadian Hockey Legends. The trophy in the gutter is made of Silver. It is replica of original trophy. The replica has been carved out with complete n minute details of original trophy.
This sheet is so beautiful n delicate that I have not till date removed it from protector cover n holding it with original packing. Even now the pack is taken like that. I hope India Post also one day brings such like philatelic product.
Till then let us enjoy with foreign issues.

5 June 2020

In the year 2013, Switzerland Post issued this beautiful miniature sheet having round stamp made of Gold. It was really tough to get this but somehow I could manage to get one piece for my collection. Certificate of Authenticity was also given (image shared) A nice piece to have it in collection n pleasure to share.

Memories with  Shri Anil Kr, Pujara

Very active Philatelist Mr. Anil Kumar Pujara taken last breath on 8th June 2020 night at his residence at Gurgaon after severe heart attack. He was 62 years of age. He was retired from the services of Union Bank of India after serving at so many places including Rewa, Patna, Chandigarh, Gurgaon etc. His specialized collections were Joint issues, FDC of M/sheets, Great Britain etc. He was also a Philatelic writer and was regularly contributing his articles in different blogs.

He was associated with many Philatelic Societies including Central India Philatelic Society. I am sharing a photograph of meeting of Central India Philatelic Society organised at my residence at Satna (M.P.). In this photo he is addressing the meeting .

May God rest his soul in peace

- Sudhir Jain

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