12 January 2014

Swami Vivekanand’s Birth anniversary



Today is Birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanada,India’s  greatest philosopher,  monk and chief disciple of the 19th-century saint Ramakrishna. Srilanka Post issued a commemorative postage stamp on 7 June 2013 in celebration of 150th Birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanada. India Post issued 4 stamps and a special sheetlet on  12 January 2013 on year long celebration of Swami Vivekanand’s Birth anniversary.

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Born into an aristocratic Bengali family of Calcutta, Vivekananda was inclined towards spirituality. He was influenced by his guru, Ramakrishna, from whom he learnt that all living beings were an embodiment of the divine self; therefore, service to God could be rendered by service to mankind. After Ramakrishna's death, Vivekananda toured the Indian subcontinent extensively and acquired first-hand knowledge of the conditions prevailing in British India. He later travelled to the United States, representing India at the 1893 Parliament of the World Religions. Vivekananda conducted hundreds of public and private lectures and classes, disseminating tenets of Hindu philosophy in the United States, England and Europe.

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In India, Vivekananda is regarded as a patriotic saint and his birthday is celebrated as National Youth Day in India.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be the chief guest at the closing ceremony of the year long  150th birth anniversary celebrations of Swami Vivekananda on Sunday.The celebrations had begun on January 12, 2013, when commemorative postage stamps and coins were released.

Club News

Veteran philatelist Shri G Madan Mohan Das passed away….


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Shri G Madan Mohan Das at SIPEX 2011, Chennai

Shri G Madan Mohan Das Veteran Philatelist of South India Philatelists’ Association passed away yesterday . Indian Philately has lost a great philatelist who actively worked for the promotion of philately throughout his life and organized many stamp exhibitions. He was Past President of SIPA  and  editor of  SIPA Bulletin. Shri Das had won many International awards and was appointed Commissioner and member of Jury in stamp exhibitions. Our deepest condolences to all the family members and South India Philatelists’ Association.


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