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Thursday, May 19, 2011

India - China: Joint Issue

Date of issues:11th July 2008

The Mahabodhi Temple is a Buddhist temple in Bodh Gaya, the location where Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, attained enlightenment. Bodh Gaya is located about 96 km (60 mi) from Patna, Bihar state, India. Next to the temple, to its western side, is the holy Bodhi tree. In the Pali Canon, the site is called Bodhimanda, and the monastery there the Bodhimanda Vihara. The tallest tower is 55 metres (180 ft) tall. In June 2002, the Mahabodhi Temple became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

See postcard and read more about Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya

White Horse Temple is, according to tradition, the first Buddhist temple in China, established in 68 AD under the patronage of Emperor Ming in the Eastern Han capital Luoyang. Read more great history about this Historical temple.

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Postal Heritage Building, WPE 2011

Date of issues:13th May 2010

Lucknow GPO-Lucknow GPO is an example of relatively more contemporary engineering and architecture. Constructed with red brick and lime stone, iron was not used in its construction.A stone embedded on the main gate of the GPO dates the buildings as 1929-1932.

Shimla GPO-Shimla GPO on the Mall,established in 1883 on the site of a house known and as ”Cony Lodge”, is one of the oldest Post Office Buildings in the Country.During the British Raj, Shimla was the summer capital.

Delhi GPO-Delhi GPO is among the very few buildings of India Post which has been given the status of Heritage Building by the Archaeological Survey of India and is is in close proximity to the historical Red Fort and Chandni Chowk.

Nagpur GPO-Nagpur GPO considered the mother institution in the Postal Circle of the Central Province, is housed in a majestic Victorian building, once the seat of erstwhile Postmaster General Of CP & Berar.

Cooch Behar HPO-Cooch Behar HPO in 1875 the Post & Telegraph Office Of the Cooch Behar state is learnt to have been introduced under the administrative control of Rangpur Postal Division.

Udagamandalam HPO-Udagmandalam HPO The first Post Office at Udagamandalam was opened in 1826 with an establishment of a writer and two delivery peons.There are no records as to where the office originally was.
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Indian Spices

Date of issues: 29th April 2009
Black pepper, Cinnamon, Clove, Criander, Turmeric, Chilly, Cardamon

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Singapore to preserve two historical railway stations

SINGAPORE: The Tanjung Pagar Railway Station, also known as the Keppel Road Railway station, is of great historical and sentimental value, not only for Singapore but also its neighbour, Malaysia.

Come July 1, 2011 the curtains will close on both the Tanjung Pagar and the Bukit Timah station as Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) terminates its rail services in the republic at the Woodlands Train Checkpoint (WTCP).

Both the Tanjung Pagar, which opened in 1932, and Bukit Timah, opening in 1903, are set to see a new role, but their buildings and legacies are to be preserved.

According to the Malaysian High Commissioner to Singapore, Datuk Md Hussin Nayan, the move to list both stations as heritage centres is part of the Malaysia-Singapore Points of Agreement (POA) concluded in 1990.

He told Bernama that the Tanjung Pagar station, especially, has sentimental value to many Malaysians, and it reflects the social and cultural ties between the causeway.

Md Hussin said the preparation for KTM services to terminate at WTCP is progressing well and is on schedule.

In view of their deep historical significance, and to protect physical reminders of both stations' rich heritage, the Singapore government recently announced its commitment to preserve both. -- Bernama
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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Rath Yatra, Puri

Date of issues: 12/7/2010

Ratha Yatra is a huge Hindu festival associated with Lord Jagannath held at Puri in the state of Odisha, India during the months of June or July. Most of the city's society is based around the worship of Jagannath (Vishnu) with the ancient temple being the fulcrum of the area. The festival commemorates Lord Jagannath's annual visit to queen Gundicha's temple via his aunt's home (Mausimaa temple which is near Balagandi Chaka in Puri). Read more
Ratha Jatra Festival in Puri, India. Painting by James Fergusson

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Rampur Raza Library

Date of issues: 19/6/2009
The Rampur Raza Library is a treasure house of Indo Islamic learning and Art. It was founded by Nawab Faizullah Khan in 1774 AD. His descendants continued to enrich the collection. After the independence and merger of Rampur State in the Union of India, the library was brought under the management of a Trust till the Govt. of India took over the library on 1st July 1975 under the Act of Parliament which declared it as an institution of National importance. Its affairs are managed by the Rampur Raza Library Board whose Chairman is H.E. Governor of U.P.Read more
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Landmark Bridges of India

Date of issues: 17/7/2007
Howrah Bridge, Mahatma Gandhi Setu,
Pamban Bridge, Vidyasagar Setu

Howrah Bridge links the city of Howrah to its twin city, Kolkata (Calcutta). On 14 June 1965 it was renamed Rabindra Setu, after Rabindranath Tagore a great poet, till now it's still know as Howrah Bridge. Read more
View of Howrah Bridge (1945).

Mahatma Gandhi Setu a bridge over the river Ganges, was the longest river bridge in India. It connects Patna in the south to Hajipur in north. It was inaugurated in May 1982 by the then Prime Minister, Mrs Indira Gandhi. Read more
Mahatma Gandhi Setu bridge

The Pamban Bridge a type of cantilever bridge on the Palk Strait connects Rameswaram on Pamban Island to mainland India. It refers to both the road bridge and the cantilever railway bridge. It was India's first sea bridge. Read more
Pamban Bridge

Vidyasagar Setu, also known as the Second Hooghly Bridge, is a toll bridge for all vehicles. At a total length of 822.96 m, it is the longest cable-stayed bridge in India and one of the longest in Asia. Read more
Vidyasagar Setu Second Hooghly Bridge
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India Old Letter Box

Date of issues: 18/10/2005


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