Varkala Beach in Kerala is also known as Papanasham Beach .It is located in Varkala Thiruvananthapuram along Arabian Sea part of Indian Ocean. Papanasham means wash away sins.It is believed that a dip in Papanasham beach washes away all sins.
Varkal beach is the only beach in Southern Kerala where cliffs are adjacent to Arabian Sea. These tertiary sedimentary formation cliffs area unique geological feature and are known as Varkala Formation.
A two thousand year old Janardana Swamy temple stands on cliffs overlooking the beach. Sivagiri mutt is also located on Sivagiri hills.
A Special cover was issued by Kerala Postal Circle on Varkala beach on 25 Jul 2017. The Cover and cancellation carry a beautiful illustration of the beach.
Thanjavur or Tanjore is a historic temple town in Tamil Nadu rich for its cultural Heritage. Thavil is a traditional musical instrument of the ancient city of Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. Thavil is a barrel shaped percusion instrument -the hollowed shell usually made of Jackfruit wood.
An integral part of Carnatic music in Thanjavur the rhytmic sound of Thavil is produced by striking the skin of the heavy drum with a short stick .Thavil is played usually in the cultural ,social and religious events in Thanjavur.
A Special cover on Thanjavur Thavil was issued on 03 Sep 2015 during Thanjaipex 2015.
Thanjavur or Tanjore is a historic temple town in Tamil Nadu rich for its cultural Heritage. The creation of Thanjavur art plate is credited to Raja Serfoji II (1797-1832) the Maratha ruler of Thanjavur Tamilnadu who directed his royal artisans to create an object that would reflect the glory of his Kingdom. Silver brass and Copper are encrusted on to each other to create this stunning & beautiful piece of art . The effect of silver in high relief on reddish copper ground is unusual and striking. This art plate has secured Geographical indication in the year 2006.
A Special Cover released on 03 Sep 2015 features this unique piece of Art. The Art Plate and Cancellation feature the World Famous Brihadeeswarar Temple of Thanjavur.This cover was issued during Thanjaipex 2015.
Portugal Issued a set of Six stamps on Palaces of Portugal on 03 Oct 2012. The Palaces are
Ajuda – It a neoclassical monument in the Civil Parish of Ajuda in City Of Lisbon Built in 1755 after earthquake and Tsunami for the Royal family. In 1992 assigned to Portuguese Institute of Architectural Heritage.
Pena – The Pena Palace is a Romanticist Castle in Sao Pedro de Pennaferrim in the municipality of Sintra.The castle stands on top of a hill in Sintra Mountains above the town of Sintra.It is a national monument and one of the expressions of 18th century romanticism in the World.It is UNESCO World Heritage Sites and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal.
Mafra -It is a monumental Baroque and Italianized Neoclassical Palace Monastery located in town of Mafra 28 kilometres from Lisbon. Construction began in 1715 and completed in 1755.It was classified as National Monument in 1910 and one of the finalists for Seven Wonders of Portugal. Associated with School of Sculpture.
Sintra- Also known as Town Palace ,located in Town of Sintra,Lisbon District.Now a historic house Museum. It is a blend of Gothic,Manueline,Moorish & Mudejar styles of architecture. The original built in 10th Century but one that today is of 14th Century Palace.
Monserrate- It is a Palatial Villa located near Sintra . In 1978 the Park and Palace were categorised as Buildings of National Interest.
Queluz -18th Century Palace located at Queluz in Sintra. It is last of Rococo buildings designed in Europe.It now a tourist place.One of the wings of Palace is used as Guest house for visiting Heads of States.
Eid Al Adha is also called “Festival Of Sacrifice” .It is one of two most important Islamic holidays observed World Wide .In the Islamic Lunar Calendar Eid Al Adha falls on 10th Day of of the month of Dhu al Hijjah. It is the twelfth and last month in Islamic Calendar and very sacred one in which Hajj takes place.
UAE issued a set of two stamps on Eid al Adha on 06 Dec 2008. One stamp features Al Eidiya and second Eid prayers.
Eid al Adha is being observed all over the World between 21 Aug & 22 Aug 2018 depending on sightings of Moon.