A commemorative postage stamp on A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder-preceptor of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), commonly known as “Hare Krishna Movement”:
Issued by India
Issued on Sep 6, 1997
Issued for : The Department of Posts is issuing a special commemorative postage stamp on August 26, 1997 to honour his memory.
Stamp, F.D.C. : Bhaktivedanta Book Trust
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint condition
Colour : Single Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Overall size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.
Printing size : 3.55 x 2.54 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Indegenous un w/m Adhesive Gravure Coated Stamp Paper
Stamps Printed : 0.4 Million
Number per issue sheet : 35
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press, Nasik
Name : Abhay Charanaravinda Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Abhay Charan De)
Born on Sep 1, 1896 at Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died on Nov 14, 1977 at Vrindavan, Mathura district, Uttar Pradesh, India
- Bhaktivedanta Swami born Abhay Charan De, in Calcutta on 1st September, 1896 was good at studies, showing special inclination for philosophy and science. Later, he became an ardent follower of Mahatma Gandhi‘s Civil Disobedience Movement. He dedicated his life to preaching the message of Indian culture and Indian philosophy world-wide. He worked tirelessly and translated over 100 books on vedic literature into English with elaborate scholarly commentaries. His texts and translations are now used in more than 3000 Universities in different countries of the world.
- He initiated many reform programmes including highly successful anti-drug addiction and recovery facilities, interfacing moral education in primary and secondary schools, food and emergency relief programmes etc.
- Whether his services were required in war-torn countries like Bosnia, famine-struck countries like Ethiopia, inner city NYC and London in aid of the homeless, flood-stricken Bengal or Florida, drought affected Andhra Pradesh, earthquake disaster areas like Armenia or Latur, Maharashtra, his Food for life Rescue Teams have sprung timely to the forefront to provide healthy vegetarian meals and other services to the needy.
- For his role in helping people all over the world to understand the message of Indian culture and philosophy, Bhaktivedanta Swami could be called as India’s Cultural Ambassador to the world, and his contribution to the upliftment of society and betterment of mankind have been widely appreciated. By his straightforward presentation of our Indian cultural and philosophical heritage, millions have developed a deeper appreciation and understanding of India.
- Text : Bhaktivedanta Book Trust.