Friday, August 14, 2009

Jayadeva & Geeta Govinda - Stamps on Lord Vishnu's Dasavathars

Good Morning,

Though this post is slightly off-topic, it is related to the Dasavathars.

One of the things I am quite passionate about is Philately. I focus on all philatelic material (stamps,covers,etc.) related to Mahatma Gandhi. You would be surprised to learn that more than 90 countries have issued stamps on Mahatma Gandhi. The detailed scans are available on my website:

India recently issued a set of 11 stamps (yes, 11!) on the 12th century epic "Gita Govinda" by Jayadeva. This is perhaps the largest single set of stamps issued on a single topic together. The scan is shown below:

The stamp on the top is that of the author Jayadeva, while the other 10 stamps depict the Dasavathars.

The Gita Govinda is written with the view of Lord Krishna as the supreme being, and the Dasavathars being incarnations of Lord Krishna. What is interesting is that all the Avathars (Mathsya, Kurma, Varaaha, Narasimha, Vamana, Parasuram, Ram, Balaram, Buddha, Kalki) are the same as those described to be Lord Vishnu's Dasavathars.

Thus, it can be termed as just a different view-point, with the Dasavthars being a common link for the different chapters of Hindu worship.

- Nikhil Mundra
14th August 2009


YAKLAND said...

I enjoyed going through your blog post on stamps on Dasavathars. Since I am also interested in Philately especially of Nepal, and as you know Nepal has had postal issues on Hinduism and Buddhism in the past. Keep up the good work!!

Nikhil Mundra said...

Hello Dr.Vaz,

Thanks for stopping by. Please Have a look at my satmps site:

Nikhil Mundra