Rajasthan's State tree - Khejri
Jodhapex-2015, 7th District Level Philatelic Exhibition was organized by Jodhpur Postal Region from 7th to 8th December 2015 at Shri Sohanlal Manihar Girls Senior Secondary School, Siwanchi Gate, Jodhpur. Exhibition was jointly inaugurated by Mrs. Sheuli Berman, Postmaster General, Western Region, Jodhpur and Shri K. K. Yadav, Director Postal Service, Jodhpur on 7th December 2015. Exhibits are showcased in 40 frames on various subjects by philatelists and school children of region. “My Stamps” scheme was also made available at the venue. Stamp Design contest and Letter Writing Competition were also organized for the school children.
A Special Cover on Rajasthan's State tree - Khejri was released jointly by Mrs. Sheuli Berman, Postmaster General, Western Region, Jodhpur and Shri K. K. Yadav, Director Postal Service, Jodhpur and other dignitaries in dais at inaugural function of the exhibition on 7th December 2015.
Khejri or Loong tree or Prosopis cineraria is a species of flowering tree in the pea family, Fabaceae. It is native to arid portions of Western Asia and the Indian Subcontinent, including Afghanistan, Iran, India, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Other common names include Jund, Kandi, Banni / Shami or Sami, Vanni, Jammi, Khejra, Khijdo etc. It is the state tree of Rajasthan and Telangana States. It is also the national tree of the United Arab Emirates. Khejri, the desert tree as it is also known was the lifeline of the people in Western Rajasthan in the earlier times. It provided firewood and even acted as a cash crop. Khejri covers about two-thirds of the total geographical area of the State and is of immense significance culturally and economically.
Blue City, Jodhpur
A Special Cover on Blue City, Jodhpur was released on 8th December 2015 by Shri Krishna Kumar Yadav, Director Postal Services, Rajasthan Western Region, Jodhpur. The special cover is having marvelous scene of blue coloured houses from the internal vellum of Jodhpur City and its special cancellation depicts logo of skylight of Jodhpur Fort.
Jodhpur is second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan and has long been a popular destination among international tourists. The old town is a wonderful example of vivid colours providing a photogenic backdrop to everyday life. It is also known as the blue city because the color gives an indigo aura to it with blue colored houses surrounding the Mehrangarh Fort.
Special Cover on ‘The Kangla’ released at Sangai Festival 2015 – 30th November 2015
The closing ceremony of 10-day annual Manipur Sangai Festival 2015 was held at the Bhagyachandra open air theatre, Imphal. On the occasion a Special Cover was released on “The Kangla” by Chief Minister of Manipur Shri Okram Ibobi Singh in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam and Shri Vinod Kumar, Director Postal Services, Manipur Division.
Kangla is the most important historical and archeological site of Manipur. Kangla was the ancient capital of Manipur from the ancient times down to the year 1891 AD. It is located at the heart of the Imphal city. It is situated on the western bank of the Imphal River. In ancient times, 'Kangla' was the royal palace since the reign of Pakhangba who ascended the throne in 33 AD, according to "Cheitharol Kummaba", the royal Chronicle of Manipur. According to the legend believed that the area was ruled by Khaba before the reign of Pakhangba. In pre-Pakhangba period, a ruling clan named Khaba ruled from 'Kangla'. 'Kangla' is not only the seat of political power but also a holy place for religious worship and ceremonies.
Courtesy – Indian Philately Digest