Postal Stamp Image : SHANKARACHARYA 1371 Indian Post
Stamp Issue Date : 17/05/1989
Postage Stamp Dinomination : 0.60
Postal Stamp Serial Number : 1371
Postal Stamp Name : SHANKARACHARYA
Stamp Information : Sankaracharya Sankaracharya exercised a deep influence on Indian thought, intellect and spiritual life. Theimpact of his intellect and spiritual knowledge on Indian philosophy, poetry, science, metaphysis ethics and humanism is evident even today. Distinguishing transcendental knowledge from empirical knowledge, he asserted that the religion and the essence of scriptures are concerned onlywith the former, Apart from his philosophical teachings, Sankaracharya popularised Sanskrit by singing and writing it in a simple way as praised by sister Nivedita in the following words, "to have written poems whose grandeur makes him unmistakable even to foreign and unlearned ears and at the same time to have lived with his disciples, in all the radiant love and simple pathos of the saints-this is the greatest that we must appreciate but cannot understand". Sri Sankara was born in Kaladi village in Kerala in 788, Sankara mastered the four Vedas and became an ascetic even at an early age. Travelling all over India by foot, he propagated a unifying spiritual outlook among all people through discussions and debate. Sankara re-established Advaita and systematised it. To him, "Jeevathma" and "Paramathma" are the same, one and indivisible. He attempted to reconcile conflicting religious sects, reject undesirable practises considered to be religious and fight empty ritualism. To quote Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in his Dicovery of India, "he was a curious mixture of a philosopher and a scholar, an agnostic and mystic a poet and a saint, and in addition to all this, a practical reformer and an able organiser". Sankaracharya never claimed for himself any kind of a originality for his teachings. His originality was in reinterpreting the great Indian traditions. text: Based on material supplied by Department of Culture.
Philatelic Stamp Description : The Stamp has been designed by India Security Press, Nashik Road on the basis of the design supplied by Shri R.K. Joshi, I.I.T., Bombay through the Department of Culture. The stamp depicts the word "Advaita" in stylised Devanagari Script. The first dy cover is also based on the material supplied by the same Department. The cancellation has been designed by Nenu Gupta.
Stamp Currency : P
Stamp Language : English
Stamp Overall Size : 4.80 X 3.60 cms
Postal Stamp Print Size : 4.35 x 3.4 cms.
Number of Stamps Per Sheet : 20
Stamp Perforations : 13 x 13
Postal Stamp Shape : Vertical
Postage Stamp Paper : Unwatermarked adhesive Gravure coated stamp paper
Indian Stamp Process : Photogravure
Number of stamps printed : 15,00,000
Stamp Printed At : India Security Press
Indian Stamp's Color : Multicolour
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