A commemorative postage stamp on the 250 years of the Shri Chitrapur Math, Shirali, Karnataka, community temple for the Chitrapur Saraswat Brahmin sect :
Issued on Oct 9, 2011
Issued for : India Post is happy to issue a commemorative postage stamp on Chitrapur Math.
Stamp/FDC : Suresh Kumar
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi colour
Denomination : 500 Paisa
Stamps Printed : 0.4 Million (0.1 Million to Bangalore GPO for proponent)
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : S.P.P. Hyderabad
- Chitrapur Math established in 1757 by the first Guru Swami Parijnanashram who came from Kashi with an idol of Lord Bhavanishankar – the Presiding Deity of the Math, is located in Shirali village in North Kanara, Karnataka. For well over 300 years, the Chitrapur Math devoted itself to rejuvenate the community spiritually and guide people in their Sadhana. The Math also reaches out to help through charitable and developmental activities such as distribution of free meals (Annadanam), promoting education, health care, offering vocational guidance, opportunities and assistance to become self-reliant. The Math runs a Vedic School and teaches Sanskrit free of charge. The library it runs has a rich collection of valuable books and ancient palm leaf manuscripts. The museum is home to over 400 relics belonging to the period of 300 AD to 1800 AD. The main festival of the Math is ‘Rathotsava’ – the car festival which celebrated its 150th year in 2011.
- The Math firmly supports widow remarriage and opposes child marriage. The endeavour of the Math is to uplift the people from the poverty line by providing them necessary financial assistance and training so that people become self-reliant. Free education, books, uniforms and mid-day meals are provided to the children studying in educational institutions run under the aegis of the Math. Scholarships are provided to deserving students. Srivali Clinic provides free medical help. The Math has undertaken a drinking water project pumping water from multiple wells into a central tank which is then filtered for drinking and distributed to nearby areas. Through the construction of check dams and recharging of wells, the Math provides potable water to villages in the locality. Several and areas around the Math have been revitalized and made green by planting saplings. Water harvesting, vermiculture, bio-friendly manures, gobar gas have all been adopted by the Math. The Handmade Paper Project uses leaves and grass collected in surrounding areas as its raw material. It strives to preserve flora and fauna in a Hill belonging to the Math. Chitrapur Math is not only a Math but a home.
- Text : Based on the material provided by the proponent.