28 May 2019

Indian theme on foreign stamps



Indian Peafowl on new Romanian stamps


Date of Issue : 17 May 2019

Romfilatelia issued  a set of postage stamps  with the title Peafowls, on  May 17th, 2019. Peafowls are named in the Indian mythology the “the gods’ vehicles”, because the legend says that Shiva’s son, Karthikeya, is represented flying on the back of a peafowl.






The peafowl originates in Sri Lanka and India, but the beauty of its plumage has made it spread even in other parts of the world, being adopted as an ornamental bird. In other times, the peafowls were a symbol of opulence, being present in the gardens of European noble families. The male’s tail is the element that defines the exotism of the species and the main reason they are known throughout the world. Besides the multi-coloured plumage, they distinguish by their intense cries and elaborate mating dance. The peafowl is a solitary bird, diurnal, and sleeps in the trees to protect itself from predators.


It is one of the largest flying birds, but spends more time running, than flying. The average lifespan of the peafowls in captivity is 25 years, and in the wild they live to the age of 30 years. Peafowls are omnivores, and their diet consists of plants, ants, seeds, locusts, termites, ticks, petals of flowers, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods.

The Congo peafowl or the African peafowl (Afropavo congensis) is spread in the tropical rainforests of the Congo River, and is illustrated on the first postage stamp of this issue, with the face value of Lei 1.80. This type of peafowl has a large-size appearance. The length of the male is up to 70 cm, with a short tail measuring between 23-26 cm and the females have dimensions between 60-63 cm, with a tail between 19.5 and 22.5 cm. The difference in weight between the sexes is considerable, the males weighting 1,475 g, and the females weighting 1,154 g.

Their plumage is special, with white stripes on the crown, some specimens having their neck partially discovered.Their habitat is varied, usually choosing lower areas below 1,200 m in altitude, being very difficult to spot in the wild.

The green peafowl (Pavo muticus) is part of the peafowl family (Phasianidae), the Galliformes order, originating in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh or Nepal, and is represented on the second postage stamp of this issue, with the face value of Lei 5. 

It is divided into three races: Pavo muticus spicifer, pavo muticus imperator Delacour and Pavo muticus Linnaeus, the races having varied colour feathers, an element through which they are differentiated.

The males measure between 180 and 250 cm, with a tail that can be between 140 and 160 cm. Their weight varies between 3,850 g and 5,000 g. Females measure 100-110 cm, with a tail that can reach up to 45 cm. Females resemble males, but they have shorter legs and do not have the plumage so brightly coloured, a feature which makes them very difficult to confuse. They set up in open forests or at their periphery, but avoid tropical forests, preferring a habitat at altitudes ranging from sea level up to 3,000 m.


The Indian peafowl (Pavo cristatus) is of a legendary beauty, declared the national bird of India, known in two colour variants: blue and white, the subspecies being represented on the third and fourth postage stamp of the issue with the face values of Lei 8.50 and Lei 12. It is part of the family of peafowls (Phasianidae) and of Galliforme order, originating from India.

Males at adult age have a length of 180 to 230 cm, their tail measuring between 140 and 160 cm and their weight ranging from 4,000 to 6,000 g. The wingspan of this species varies between 130 and 160 cm. Males have a distinctive morphological appearance, and their open tail is in the shape of a fan.

Females are smaller and measure between 90 and 100 cm, with a tail measuring between 32.5 and 37.5 cm, with an average weight of 2,750 to 4,000 g. The wingspan of the females is from 80 to 130 cm.

There are varieties of the Indian peafowl feathers. One of the most spectacular Indian peafowls is the white peafowl, which is not albino, but is a pure species, with hazel eyes. The Indian peafowls choose to set up in open forest areas with shrubs, but at an altitude of up to 2,000 m.


27 May 2019

New Special Cover from Karnataka





Four Special covers from Karnataka 

1. Special Cover - KTK/63/2019 - Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple.

Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple In Thogarsi village, about 10 Kms from Shiralakoppa In Shivamogga District, is a Chalukyan style temple of 12th century A D. It was restored by the Keladi Nayakas in 16th century A D and further renovated by Sri Dharmastala Manjunatheshwara Dharmothana Trust in 2007-08.

2. Special Cover - KTK/64/2019 - Hirekalmata.

Hirekalmata is a sacred place located in Honnali of Davanagere District in Karnataka. Sri Matt has an history of 800 years. The main slogan of matt is 'Right reward for right effort and the life of sincerity there by Sri Matt is a Kamadhenu forthe devotees. 


3. Special Cover - KTK/65/2019 - Shree Sadguru Shivayogi Halashankaraswamy, Gavimata.


Shree Sadguru Shivayogi Halashankaraswamy, Gavimata, located at Basavapatna, Honnali Taluk Davanagere District.
Here in the cave of Adi Guru Shree Sadguru Shivayogi Shree Shree Shree Vishwaradhya Halaswamy has finished Andolikothsava of Ishtaliganushtana on
20th November, 1974.


4. Special Cover- KTK/66/2019 - V-Tech Engineers, Inventors of Arecanut Peeling Machine.

V- Tech Engineers, established in 2006, are the inventors of the arecanut peeling machine. It is known for production of quality farmer-friendly equipment at affordable price. Under the able leadership of the founder Sri K Vishwanath, the organization continues research and development in farming equipment.

- Suresh R. & Jagannath Mani, Bangalore

25 May 2019

New Special Covers from Karnataka



Acharya Shree Shantisagar Maharaj



1. Special Cover - KTK/67/2019 - Acharya Shree Shantisagar Maharaj
This special cover has been released on 20th March 2019 to commemorate Muni Diksha Centennial Celebration of Acharya Shree Shantisagar Maharaj at Shree Kshetra Hombuja.

Shree Lakshmi Narasimha Temple


  
2. Special Cover - KTK/68/2019 - Shree Lakshmi Narasimha Temple.
Shree Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, dedicated to an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu, was built by the Hoysalas in the early 13th century. It is located in Bhadravati town, Shivamogga District of Karnataka state. The basic building material being Soap stone.

Rameshwara Temple,Kudli




3. Special Cover - KTK/69/2019 - Rameshwara Temple,Kudli.

Kudli is a small village in Shivamogga District, is the place where two rivers, the Tunga River and Bhadra River meet to give rise to the Tungabhadra River. A view of the Sangama makes the place exotic with the 12th century Rameshwara Temple adding to its culture-rich natural beauty. A small temple with Nandi denotes the exact point where the two rivers meet and is considered to be sacred. 

L&T TECHgium




4. Special Cover -KTK/72/2019 L&T TECHgium

LTTS Celebrates the 3rd season of hte most coveted industry-academia engagement, bringing togetter India's next-gen engineers to create tomorrow's technology.

5.Special Covers - KTK/135/2018 and KTK/51/2019 - Yogacharya B.K.S Iyengar - Birth Centenary Commemoration. attached.

Padma Vibhushan Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar (1918-2014), an ambassador of Yoga, united the world through Yoga and gave new life to millions of people. These special covers were is released on 17-12-2018 and 16-02-2019 to mark his birth centenary, at his birth place Bellur in Kolar district of Karnataka.

Yogacharya B.K.S Iyengar




- Suresh R. & Jagannth Mani, Bangalore

20 May 2019

Say it with Flowers .....




Date of Issue :8 May 2019

Here is a wonderful set of stamps issued by Finnish Post for Spring Greetings. The designs of the stamps are marvellous , so beautifully designed by the artist ! Any stamp collector would love to have these lovely stamps  ! The First Day Cancellation is  too good featuring a rose !



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 APEX-2019, Thiruvanathapuram

 9 to11 August, 2019



03 May 2019

New Stamp from India : Vedanta Desikan












Vice President of India Shri Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu releases a postage stamp on 2nd May 2019 to commemorate the 750th birth anniversary of Sri Vedanta Desikan. Sri Vedanta Desikan was a Sri Vaishnava guru/philosopher and one of the most brilliant stalwarts of Sri Vaishnavism in the post-Ramanuja period. He was a poet, devotee, philosopher and master-teacher.







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