Spring Festival – 2015
Stamp Exhibition, Raj Bhawan, Dehradun
Spring Festival (Basantotsav) – 2015 was inaugurated at Raj Bhawan, Dehradun on 28 Feb 2015 by H.E. Dr. KK Paul, Governor of Uttarakhand with great grandeur. A special cover (UK/01/2015) on Shankhpushpi (Evolvulus alsinoides) was released by the Governor on this occasion.
The first album was presented to the Governor by Sh. Uday Krishna, CPMG, Uttarakhand. In his address CPMG highlighted the medicinal value of the Shankhpushpi and elaborated on the close relationship of Department of Posts, Uttarakhand with Raj Bhawan by virtue of release of special covers during the Spring Festival. Shankhpushpi is a perennial medicinal herb of family convolvulaceae commonly found on rocky or sandy ground under dry climatic conditions. Its Sanskrit name is ‘Mangalya Kusum’. The flowers are blue in colour. In ayurveda, Shankhpushpi is used as Medhya (brain) tonic. It has also cardio-protective properties. The main ayurvedic formulations of Shankhpushpi are Panaka and Medhya Kashay.
On this occasion a stamp exhibition was also inaugurated by the Governor in the Raj Bhawan premises. The Governor himself is a keen philatelist and his stamp collection was also put on display for the general public. The exhibition was housed in the old circuit house, which has been witness to dignitaries like Pt. Nehru, etc. There were around 30 frames put on display and consisted of collection of prominent philatelist and children of Dehradun. 5 frames also housed numismatic collection. The exhibition will be open to general public till 01-March-2015.
- Abhai Mishra - Dehradun