Postal Stamp Image : CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI 0712 Indian Post
Stamp Issue Date : 02/06/1974
Postage Stamp Dinomination : 0.25
Postal Stamp Serial Number : 0712
Stamp Information : Shivaji stands out in Indian history as a great patriot, an interpid soldier and an enlightened ruler. His name has been a source of inspiration to all freedom fighters in this country. His brave and dairing deeds have been narrated in countless stories and songs in several Indian languages. Shivaji was born in April 1627 at Shivneri, a hill fort in the district of Poona. His father Shahaji Bhosale was a daughty warior and had a small landed estate around Poona where young SHivaji grew up. His mother, Jijabai, was a woman of austere and religious temprament. Her constsnt companionship, advice and reading of Hindu scriptures instilled in young Shivaji's mind a burning hared for wrong and injustice, a pride in the past glory of his country and an intense desire to carve out an independent kingdom. By darring military exploits, Shivaji captured forts, built others and brought the surrounding country under his control. He defeated the Adil Shahi forces sent out to destroy him in conflict with the mighty Moghul Empire. Within a short span of a few years he was the master of an extrensive territory. The auspicious day of 2nd June 1674 Shivaji had his coronation with respondant seremony at Raigad. In the remaining six years of his life, he overwhelmed his foes and gave much thought to the organisation of his administration. He died on 4th April, 1680. Shivaji was not only a military conqueror but also a great ruler. Aided by his council of eight Ministers- Ashtapradhan- he gave his kingdom an efficient administration, a disciplined army and a public life based on justice, equity and equality. The famous Indian Historian, Jadunath Sarlar, has this to say of Shivaji: "His reign brought peace and order to his country assured the protection of women's honour and the religion of all sects without distinction, extended the royal patronage to the truly pious men of all creeds and presented equal opportunities to all his subjects by opening the public service to talent irrespective of caste or creed. This was the ideal policy for a State with a composite population like India". The P & T De[partment deems it a privilege to join the nation in paying tribute to the memory of this great son of India by issuing a comemorative stamp on the occasio of the Tricentenary of his coronation.
Philatelic Stamp Description : The design of the stamp is vertical and depicts the portrait of the Chhatrapati Shri Shivaji Maharaj.
Stamp Currency : P
Stamp Language : English
Stamp Overall Size : 3.91 X 2.90 cms
Postal Stamp Print Size : 3.56 x 2.5 cms.
Number of Stamps Per Sheet : 35
Stamp Perforations : 13 x 13
Postal Stamp Shape : Diagonal
Postage Stamp Paper : Unwatermarked adhesive coated paper
Indian Stamp Process : Photogravure
Number of stamps printed : 30,00,000
Stamp Printed At : India Security Press
Indian Stamp's Color : Multicolour
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