Thursday, July 15, 2010

Heritage Jain Temples Stamps

Government of India on 14th October 2009 released two stamps on the Jain Heritage Temples - Ranakpur Temple and Dilwara Temples. Each of these stamps are of denomination Rpees 5.


I visited both these temples in December 2004, when I toured the State of Rajasthan.

Ranakpur Temples: Located in Ranakpur (State: Rajasthan) this 15th century temple is famous world-wide for their intricate and superb architectural style. This temple is wholly constructed in light colored marble covering an total area of 48000 sq feet. There are more than 1400 exquisitely carved pillars that support the temple. 

Dilwara Temples: Located in Mount Abu (State: Rajasthan) these temples of 11th to the 13th century AD are world famous for their minutely carved ceilings, doorways, pillars and panels in marble. The specialty of these temples is externally they look very plane. This temple is on World Heritage Monuments list.


55 comments:

V Rakesh said...

Wow! Excellent post! Not too long ago, I used to be fascinated about Philately! But, sadly, it has worn off a bit now!

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Nicely shot and what a beautiful temple.

Darryl and Ruth : )

José Ramón said...

Your country is full of grandeur to the mailing cellos are beautiful, thanks for your visit Have a nice dayA Salute to José Ramón

jabblog said...

I've always been interested in the Jains but never realised they had dedicated temples. The ceilings are amazing!

Zuzana said...

Those temples are magnificent. I love stamps, I collected them when I was a kid.;) My aunt lived in Botswana for a while and even designed some of the country's stamps in the 80's.;)
Have a great day,
xoxo

joshi daniel said...

i liked the top part of this temple very much!

Indrani said...

I am lucky to have visited both places.

Ann said...

Did you buy the stamps as collective items?

Greener Bangalore said...

Yes Rajesh heard about this temples! They are amazing structures!

Trotter said...

Hi Rajesh! The temples are fabulous, so the stamp collection must be great!! I've to get back to Rajasthan...

PS: missing your comments at Blogtrotter Two... :-(

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful temples and such a lovely blue sky for a background! Really interesting stamps, too. Marvelous post and photos for the day, Rajesh! Have a wonderful weekend!

Sylvia

Pearl Maple said...

Great to see the government celebrating beautiful heritage buildings in their stamps. Always enjoy visiting your sky watch posts to see what treats you have found to share with other bloggers.

Regina said...

These are beautiful collector's stamps.
Another great structure!
Thank you for sharing.

Titania said...

A wonderful sight under the blue sky. Monuments that belong to the wonders of the world.

Carol said...

Great shot of that impressive building. Beautiful architecture....and beautiful stamps as well!

Mar said...

Beautiful and impressive architecture! I used to collect stamps, I would have love to have the new ones :)

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Arija said...

Your monuments are always a joy to behold. Very nice skies in the stamps.

Have a great weekend.

Photo Cache said...

Once upon a time I loved collecting stamps. India must have a good collection.

Ewok.

Carolyn Ford said...

Unbelievable detail in this architecture...I can't imagine standing before it...truly impressive beyond words.

Siromade said...

That's a beautiful building, very nice shot

eden said...

Wow, beautiful architecture.I used to collect stamps. Fantastic shots.

LV said...

Always look forward to seeing what great building you will share with us. There are so many interesting things in your world. I enjoy your blog very much.

Marites said...

I used to collect stamps and it would be nice to have this in the collection. That's quite an awesome place. I'm also impressed that it seems well-preserved.

Mama Zen said...

How gorgeous!

Barb said...

Hi Rajesh, This temple looks ornate - not plain! I cannot believe the intricacy of the carvings - I enlarged for a better view. Also - not a cloud in that sky!

Kcalpesh said...

Nice captures Rajesh, those stamps are awesome!!

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magiceye said...

exquisite work!

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

It's been ages since I wanted to visit Mount Abu!!! Still not done!!!

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J Bar said...

Great shot.
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Eaglesbrother said...

The artistry in stone carvings in these temples always facinates me..such wonderful craftsmanship.
True works of Art.

Jeevan said...

Nice that govt. signifies the marvel in stamps! Good to know about these places.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The stamps make me wish I were a collector! They'e done a good job catching the essence of these beautiful cathedrals.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Rajesh: That was a neat story of the stamps and a neat view of the temple though your eyes.

Pam said...

Beautiful skies and stamps too, Rajesh.

Diane AZ said...

I like how the stamps show details of some of the intricate carvings. Beautiful sky and architecture images also.

Robin said...

What wonderful detail.

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George said...

Those are beautiful stamps and I'm always happy when a nation puts heritage sites on beautiful stamps. The Ranakpur Temple is exquisite.

Jacob said...

Are you a philatelist? More fascinating and grand temples! I can see why that marble Dilwara Temple is on the World Heritage Monument list...it's magnificent!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Wouldn't it be wonderful to have the time and resources to visit all of the World Heritage Sites? I don't now how many that is, so maybe it would take more than one lifetime. Yours are beautiful and makes one long to visit.

Deepak Acharya said...

Again you captured a beautiful temple.

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Ciao
meraviglioso questo tempio indiano.
Mi piacerebbe molto poterlo visitare e fotografare.
Grazie della tua visita.
Felice sabato.

Sumandebray said...

The Dilwara Temple in Mount Abu is a great experience.... you never realize how rich it is unless you are inside. Like a cave residence

Pie said...

Great capture!

My Blue Monday.

SmilingSally said...

The stamps captured the elaborate architecture.

Happy Blue Monday, Rajesh.

Auntie E said...

Very nice love collecting stamps. and temple of days gone by looks great.

Jingle said...

historical blue image,
fabulous post.
Cheers!
;)

R Sudhir Kumar said...

On the list Rajesh. Beautiful

Briarside Lane said...

Very pretty stamps, and wonderful architecture. Happy Blue Monday. ~Karen

Rajesh said...

Rakesh, Zuzana, Ann, Regina, Mar, Ewok, Eden: Thanks. Philately still interests me. I still spend some time going to the Post Office to check out for new issues.

Darryl, Jose, Joshi, Indrani, Greener, Trotter, Sylvia, Mandy, Titania, Carol, Arija, Ford, Siromade, LV, Mama, Barb, Eaglesbrother, Suman: Thanks for the appreciation.

Janice: Thanks. Yes Jains do have beautifully carved temples.

Marites, Sallie, Jacob: Thanks. Philately still interests me. I still spend some time going to the Post Office to check out for new issues.

Kcalpesh, Deepak, J Bar, Jeevan, Fishing Guy, Pam, DianeZ, Robin, George, Oakland, Acharya, Rosadimaggio63, Pie, Sally, Auntie, Jingle, Karen: Thanks for the appreciation.

Bhushavali, Sudhir: Thanks. It is a nice place. You will enjoy your visit there.

Pratibha The Talent said...

lovely detailed pics.http://pratibhameanstalent.blogspot.com/

Nethra said...

Hey, it's nice. DO you collect stamps? I collect old coins. It's fun. :)

Rajesh said...

Thank you.

Nethra: I do collect both stamps and coins.

Farila said...

Most of the Indian heritage and culture fills us with pride...

Sneo said...

nice start, esp with the stamps :)
never had this idea

Nalini Hebbar said...

The stamp and the real thing! WOW! Impressed.