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 Bhai Vir Singh

A commemorative postage stamp on the Birth Anniversary of Vir Singh, an Indian poet, scholar and theologian of Sikh revival movement [a part of Centenary Series‘] :

भाई वीर सिंहIssued by India

Issued on Oct 16, 1972

Issued for : From this year, the P & T Department has introduced a new ‘Centenary Series‘ of postage stamps to commemorate the centenaries of personalities which fall during the year. The P & T Department feels honoured to bring out in this series the special postage stamps this year for the following personalities on the October 16, 1972.

1. Vemana : 3rd Centenary
2. Bertrand Russell : Birth Centenary
3. T. Prakasam : Birth Centenary
4. Bhai Vir Singh : Birth Centenary

Type : StampMint condition

Colour : Plum

Denomination : 20 Paise

Overall size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.

Printing size : 3.56 x 2.54 cms.

Perforation : 13 x 13

Watermark : Printed on unwatermarked Adhesive Stamp paper

Number Printed : Three million

Number per issue sheet : 35

Printing Process : Photogravure

Designed and printed at : India Security Press

Name : Vir Singh

Born on Dec 5, 1872 at Amritsar, Punjab, British India

Died on Jun 10, 1957 at Amritsar, Punjab, India

About : 

  • Bhai Vir Singh was born on December 5, 1872 at Amritsar. His ancestors were men of eminence who distinguished themselves in social service and literary field.
  • Bhai Vir Singh was a great poet, a scholar and a saint. He served humanity in more than one way – as a great writer, an educationist, a reformer and a pragmatic organiser. He is the most eminent name in the great renaissance in the religious, cultural and social life of Punjab.
  • Bhai Vir Singh‘s knowledge of classical music and Indian religious tradition was deep, based on the knowledge of original sources in Sanskrit, Persian and Arabic. His poetry pulsates with the urge for freedom and inter-religious goodwill and he had many admirers among Hindus, Sikhs and the Muslims.
  • To call him a litterateur is not a complete epithet for him. He belonged to that order of Indian Rishis and mystics, who from time immemorial have been the mainstay of our heritage and culture and he soared to great spiritual heights in his long poem – “Rana Surat Singh“.
  • Bhai Vir Singh was a great humanitarian. His efforts for the amelioration of the conditions of the orphan, the blind, the sick and the old are manifest from the establishment.
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