A commemorative postage stamp on the Birth Anniversary of Baba Raghav Das :
Issued by India
Issued on Dec 12, 1998
Issued for : The Department of Posts is happy to bring out this commemorative stamp on Baba Raghavadas.
Stamp & FDC : India Security Press, Nashik
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Single Colour
Denomination : 200 Paise
Overall size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.
Printing size : 3.55 x 2.54 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported un w/m Adhesive Gravure Coated stamp paper in reels 47 cms. width
Stamps Printed : 0.4 Million
Number per issue sheet : 35
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press, Nashik
Name : Raghavendra
Born on Dec 12, 1896 at Pune, Maharastra, India
Died on Jan 15, 1958 at Shivni, Madhya Pradesh, India
- He actively participated in the Salt Satyagraha of 1930 also. In 1934 Baba Raghavdas effectively organised assistance for alleviating the miseries caused by earthquake and floods in Bihar. In 1946 he was elected to the Vidhan sabha.
- After independence he turned more and more towards the Bhoodan and Khadi movements. He reportedly performed Padyatras in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra for 21,000 miles and was able to get thousands of acres of land as donation for the landless.
- He was convinced that Hindi should become the national language which should help to bind the country together. He established various educational institutions like the Shrikrishna High School, Paramahansa Ashram, Sanskrit Pathasala, Brahmacharyashram, Rashtrabhasa Mahavidyalaya and Buddha Inter-college. Gorakhpur District benefitted most from his activities and he succeeded in eradicating illiteracy to a large extent from that district.
- At the age of 61, on 15th January, 1958 he died in the midst of his work while attending the Sarvoday Sammelan at Shivni. Baba’s life and achievements can be assessed best from the following words of Mahatma Gandhi : “If I can find a few saints like Raghavdas, I could easily win India’s Independence“.
- Text : Based on materials supplied by the sponsors as well as the Dictionary of National Biography by S. P. Sen.