A commemorative postage stamp on Rashtra Sant Shri Tukadoji Maharaj, a spiritual saint from Maharashtra and disciple of Aadkoji Maharaj :
Issued by India
Issued on Dec 10, 1995
Issued for : The Department of Posts honours the memory of this great Saint, patriot and social worker by issuing a special postage stamp.
Stamp Design : India Security Press, Nasik
FDC, Cancellation : Mrs. Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Single Colour
Denomination : 100 Paise
Overall Size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.
Printing Size : 3.55 x 2.54 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Indigenous Un W/M Adhesive Coated Stamp Paper in sheets 50.8 x 53.5
Number of stamps Printed : 0.6 Million
Number per issue sheet : 35
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press, Nasik
Name : Manikdev Banduji Ingale (Thakur)
Born on Apr 30, 1909 at Yavali, Amravati, Maharashtra, India
Died on Oct 11, 1968 at Amravati, Maharashtra, India
- Sant Tukdoji Maharaj was born on 30th April in 1909 at Yawali in Amravati District. He received spiritual initiation from Videhi Paramahamsa Samarth Adkoji Maharaj of Warkhed gram. Early in childhood, Sant Tukdoji Maharaj performed rigorous penance and spiritual exercises in self-realisation. He also was trained in reciting Khanjeri bhajans and attained considerable mastery in the art.
- He studied the existing religious sects and other schools of thought and discussed religious and secular problems of the devotees. He was determined to re-define socio-spirituality and re-vitalise and awaken the country. He also laid the foundations of future organised efforts in terms of service to mankind as service to God. He was invited to the Wardha Sevagram by Mahatma Gandhi in 1936 where he was introduced to eminent national leaders, and other devoted workers and Satyagrahis. In 1941 he performed individual satyagrah and he took part in the mass upsurge of the ‘Quit India‘ movement in 1942. He strongly opposed the inhuman repressive measures, adopted at that time by the British rulers. He was arrested in 1942 at Chandrapur and was imprisoned in Nagpur and Raipur Central Jails.
- Maharaj ji loved and honoured each and every religion and graced all programmes organised by them as a special invitee. He took part in Acharya Vinobha Bhave‘s Bhudan Movements. He attended the World Conference of Religion and World Peace in Japan in 1955. His wisdom lives on in his ‘GRAM GEETA‘ which provided inspiration in the work for national reconstruction. He worked hard to convert devotion to God into service to mankind and the nation. Consequently he transformed traditional prayer organizations into disciplined, broad based groups of devout young men and women who engaged in constructive social works. They held yearly festivals and helped to spread the message of service to mankind.