Gayatri Teerth, Shantikunj
A commemorative postage stamp on the Golden Jubilee Year of Gayatri Tirth, Shantikunj, Haridwar :
Issued by India
Issued on Jun 20, 2021
Issued for : India Post is delighted to issue Commemorative Postage Stamp to celebrate the Golden Jubilee (1971 to 2021) of Gayatri Teerth, Shanti Kunj, Haridwar, contributing to the social and spiritual upliftment of millions in India and abroad.
Stamp / FDC / Brochure / Cancellation cachet : Ms. Nenu Gupta
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 402525
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
- Overlooking the sacred city of Haridwar and nestled in the serene Himalayas on the bank of the holy Ganges, Shanti Kunj Ashram celebrates its 50th anniversary in June 2021 as a centre of pilgrimage, spiritual awakening and social upliftment. A holy place of global importance, it fosters peace and goodwill among people of all backgrounds, beliefs and identities. It is the home to the Global Gayatri Pariwar, a mass spiritual movement, with more than one hundred million followers.
- Gayatri Teerth, Shanti Kunj was established in 1971 by Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya, as a living model of a futuristic society, unity and equality. It is a modern adoption of the age old wisdom of Vedic Rishis, who practiced and propagated the philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. The divine intentions of Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya for the Ashram were given shape and converted into reality by his spiritual consort and collaborator, Vandaniya Mata Bhagvati Devi Sharma.
- Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya, born on September 20, 1911 in Anwalkheda village, Agra District, Uttar Pradesh, India, devoted his life for the emergence of a new era of universal peace, harmony and goodwill. When he was only fifteen years of age, he endeavoured 24 Mahapurushcharans of Gayatri Maha-mantra, took part in the non-violent struggle for India’s independence as a volunteer, went to jail a number of times during freedom struggle and embarked upon the task of social and moral upliftment through spiritual means with the blessings of Mahatma Gandhi. He translated the entire Vedic Vangmaya in lucid Hindi with eloquent comprehensive introductions and accomplished a feat of writing more than 2400 enlightening books in Hindi on all aspects of life. He lived a simple, disciplined life full of devout austerity, visited the Himalayas several times and attained spiritual eminence and foresight. When Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya, took Samadhi on June 02, 1990, Gayatri Jayanti day, Mataji took over all the responsibilities of the mission and managed with great courage.
- Gayatri Teerth, Shanti Kunj welcomes seekers of all faiths and backgrounds. Spread across several acres, its campus constitutes a network of shrines, temples, eateries, lecture theatres, libraries, yoga and meditation halls, recording studios, farms, medical clinics, ayurvedic surgeries and simple residential quarters. At any given point of time, the campus accommodates approximately three thousand sadhaks and their families. The Ashram and Gayatri Pariwar are wholly sustained through the voluntary contribution of one rupee, one handful of grain and one hour a day of voluntary work from each of its many millions of adherents.
- Gayatri Teerth, Shanti Kunj, Haridwar is the embodiment of silent revolution that Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya launched for social and spiritual transformation through continuous work on seven major areas of outreach: Inner Transformation, Village Autonomy, Reform of Religious Understanding and Practice, Promotion of Health and Well-being, Environmental Protection, Empowerment and Education of Women and Disaster Management.
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