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.
Poets on Iran- India Joint Issue Stamps -Iran 2004
Poets was the theme of Joint issue of Stamps by Islamic Republic of Iran and India in 2004. Islamic Republic of Iran issued two stamps on 16 Aug 2004 featuring Persian Poet Hafez and Indian Poet Kabir.
Hafez (1315-1390) was born in Shiraz and is known as a Mystic Poet who wrote Ghazals & Irfan. His major work was Divan-e-Hafez.
Kabir- He was a 15th Century Indian mystic poet and saint whose writings influenced Hinduism’s Bhakti movement and his verses are found in Sikhs holy scripture Guru Granth Sahib.His legacy continues through Kabir Panth. His Couplets and Dohas are well known.
A First Day Cover of Islamic Republic of Iran with the two stamps is listed .
Thailand issued a set of Four stamps on Hindu Gods on 02 Jun 2009. The Gods on stamps are
Ganesha -Lord Of Success
Brahma -Lord of Creation
Narayana – Lord of Protection
Siva -Lord of Destruction.
All four are Five Baht denomination stamps designed by Mrs Veena Chantanatat. The Cancellation is also on “OM”. A really remarkable set of stamps on Indian Theme. The First Day Cover design also shows a Coonch.