December 31, 2018

Happy New Year - 2019

I hope that the new year will be the best year of your life. May all your dreams come true & all your hopes be fulfilled!

December 30, 2018

Utkal University

India Post released a stamp to celebrate 75 years of Utkal University of 27th November 2018.

Men's Hockey World Cup - 2018

On 27th November 2018, a special odd sized miniature sheet was released by India Post on Men's Hockey World Cup - 2018 at Bhubaneshwar.

December 29, 2018

New Wave

Russia Post released a stamp on 31st August 2018 depicting the Sochi Sea Trade Port and the logo of the New Wave International Competition for Young Singers of Popular Music.

New Wave is an annual international competition for young singers of popular music. The main goal of the competition is to open for the audience new musical talents.

The Titus Museum

A special cover was released at New Delhi on 30th November 2018 to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Titus Museum.

December 28, 2018

Artistic enamels of Russia

Russia Post released a set of 4 stamp on the Artistic enamels of Russia like Ologda, Krasnoselskaya, Kubachi and Rostov enamel on 30th August 2018.

Art enamel (enamel) - production of works of art with the help of vitreous powder, enamel, on a metal substrate, a kind of applied art. Glass coating is durable and does not fade with time, products from enamel are distinguished by a special brightness and purity of colors. Enamel acquires the desired color after firing with the help of additives for which metal salts are used. For example, gold additives give the glass a ruby color, cobalt blue, and copper green. When solving specific painterly tasks, the brightness of the enamel can, unlike glass, be muffled.

Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vari Navaratri Brahmotsavams - 7

A  special cover was released on Chandra Prabha Vahanam on the ocassion of Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vari Navaratri Brahmotsavams 2018 at Thirumala on 16th October 2018.

Mounted on Chandra Prabha vahanam Lord Venkateshwara parades in cool weather through the temple streets of thirumala along with his two consorts. For the Lord, the sun and the moon are the two eyes. The moon has ambrosial rays, which gives joy. Through these Vahanas Lord Venkateshwara shows that the sun's heart and moon's coolness are both his manifestations.

Cover Code: AP/30/2018

On the Surya Prabha Vahana bounded with seven horses lord of seven hills wearing diamond gaunlet goes in procession, while rays of the sun spread in the morning. he is the supreme. at the time Lord Malayappa swamy is called as Surya Narayana mounted on this Vahanam. He blesses the devotees by showering on them health and wealth through the says of Sun.

Cover Code: AP/29/2018

December 27, 2018

100 years of diplomatic courier communication with the Russian Foreign Ministry

Russia Post released a stamp to celebrate 100 years of diplomatic courier communication with the Russian Foreign Ministry on 27th August 2018 depicting the emblem of the diplomatic-courier service of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Dr. Akkineni Nageshwara Rao

A special cover was released on 19th September 2018 at Hyderabad to celebrate the 95th birth anniversary of Dr. Akkineni Nageshwara Rao.

Cover Code: TS/11/2018

December 26, 2018

Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vari Navaratri Brahmotsavams - 6

A set of 3 special cover was released on Hanumantha Vahanam, Gaja Vahanam and Pushpaka Vimanam on the ocassion of Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vari Navaratri Brahmotsavams 2018 at Thirumala on 15th October 2018.

Mounted on elephant vahana Lord Venkateshwara goes on procession. This reveals the story of Gajendra Moksha of Bhagavatha according to Vaishnav tradition Sharanagathi is the only way to be free from all problems and bad deeds. In Sharanagathi Lord Venkateshwara is one who saves us and who redeems us from the wordly bonds and shackles of our bad deeds.

Cover Code: KTK/28/2018

Mounted on Hanumantha vahana Lord Malayappa Swamy reveals that he is none other than Sri rama of Thretayuga, Hanuman is the eleventh avatar of Lord Shiva, son of Anjana. The vahana seva preaches people that with service to lord only. We will get love of God. In the Sri Vaishnava tradition the service if Hanuman is as Siriya Tiruvadi. Hanuman is the symbol for Dasya Bhakti.

Cover Code: KTK/26/2018  

On mounting Puspaka Vimanam, Malayappa Swamy goes on procession along with both consorts. It is the belief that witnessing Lord Vishnu in the Pushpaka Vimana chariot liberates them from the cycle of birth and death. It teaches the philosophy that body is the chariot and the charioteer is the God. The Golden Chariot is studded with all colors of flowers and jewellery.

Cover Code: KTK/27/2018

December 25, 2018

Tver Carriage Works

Russia Post released a stamp on 24th August 2018 on the Tver Carriage Works.

The postage stamp depicts a passenger double-decker compartment car with sleeping places of model 61-4492 against the background of the facade of the building of the head office of OJSC Tver Carriage Works.

Single click Pension Scheme

A special cover was released at Bhopal on 1st October 2018 on the Single click Pension Scheme to mark the celebration of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Courtsy: Sreejesh Krishnan, Thiruvananthapuram.

December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas - 2018

May the peace and joy of Christmas live in your heart all year long.

Western Naval Command

A special cover was released on 12th December 2018 to mark the golden jubilee of Western Naval Command of Indian Navy in Mumbai.

December 23, 2018

Battle of Kursk

Russia Post released a stamp on 23rd August 2018 depicting a a bas-relief with a group of Soviet soldiers during the Battle of Kursk to celebrate the victory.

Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vari Navaratri Brahmotsavams - 5

A set of 2 special cover was released on Mohini Avataram and Garuda Vahanam on the occasion of Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vari Navaratri Brahmotsavams 2018 at Thirumala on 14th October 2018.

The Garuda Vahana seva takes a prime place in the nine day Brahmotsavas. Garuda Vahana seva has the highest place in all vahana sevas like Viswaksena, the Garuda is also a nitya sur of Lord Mahavishnu. Garudadri is one among the nenowned names of the sevan hills. The hill bears the shape of Garuda. The Darshan of Garuda Seva blesses devotes and save from rebirth.

Cover Code: AP/25/2018

In this procession Swamy appears as Mohini incarnation in a golden palanquin inciting the demons, with his blushes and charms. Sri Krishna follows him in an ivory palanquin. Mohini incarnation reveals God Vishni's story, encites the demons and distributes the Amritha among the Devagana, reveals his omnipresence and his ability to protect good people from demons.

Cover Code: AP/24/2018

December 22, 2018

Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography

Russia Post released a stamp on Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography depicting its building and the emblem on 20th August 2018.

Wildlife Preservation Society

A special cover was released on Wildlife Preservation Society, Dehradun on 18th December 2018 to celebrate it's diamond jubilee.

December 21, 2018

Ivan Turgenev

Russia Post released a souvenir sheet of  Russian writer Ivan Turgenev on 10th August 2018 to celebrate his 200th birth anniversary.

Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818–1883) is an outstanding Russian realist writer. One of the classics of Russian literature, who made the most significant contribution to its development in the second half of the XIX century. In his work, Ivan Sergeevich raised issues of social order, moral life and the psychology of relationships, he created images of representatives of society characteristic of his time. The writer achieved extraordinary skill in depicting the beauty of Russian nature. I.S. Turgenev translated Western writers into Russian and Russian writers and poets into French and German.

Shimopex 2018 (3)

A district level Philatelic Exhibition "Shimopex 2018" was held at Shivamogga from 7th to 9th December 2018. 

Special cover released on 9th December 2018.
APSCOS: Areca Processing and Sales Cooperative Society Limited (APSCOS) was established on 03-12-1973. It covers Sagara, Soraba and Hosanagara Taluks. This Special Cover is released to commemorate 45 years of service by the Society.

Cover Code: KTK/122/2018

Sahyadri Ranga Taranga: Sahyadri Ranga Taranga (Saranta) Shivamogga, a Kannada theatre group started its journey in 1986. Its main aim is to bring social awareness among the public through theatre art. Many of the dramas have been staged more than 100 times. Saranta also conducts workshops for students on makeup, costumes theatre music etc. The troop has won many prestigious awards in Karnataka.

Cover Code: KTK/123/2018

Bhadra Reservoir Project: The Bhadra Dam, which has created the Bhadra Reservoir, is located on the Bhadra River a tributary ofTungabhadra River. Bhadra dam is located on the border ofBhadravathi and Tarikere, in the western part ofKarnataka in India. The benefits derived from the reservoir are irrigation with gross irrigation potential of 162,818 hectares. Hydro power generation of39.2 MW. Drinking water supply and industrial use. The dam was built to a height of 59 .13 metres between 194 7 (start of construction) and 1965 (year of commissioning).

Cover Code: KTK/124/2018

Head Post office, Shivamogga: The first post office in Shivamogga was established in 1890. The office is located in Shivamogga city centre. The present building was constructed in 1974.

Cover Code: KTK/125/2018

Ninasam: Ninasam is a cultural organisation located in the village of Heggodu in Sagar Taluk of Shivamogga district. An organization dedicated to the dissemination of theatre and culture, it runs a theatre institute, a travelling theatre company and conducts several other projects related to culture and society. K V Subbanna was one of its founder members. He has received the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1991 for his contribution to the fieldof creative communication and arts.

Cover Code: KTK/126/2018

 Issur Rebellion: Villagers of Issur village in Shikaripura taluk in Shivamogga district, refused to pay land revenue as agriculture yield had declined that year due to natural calamity. They hoisted the tri-colour from the top of the Veerabhadreshwara temple on 29/9/1942 and declared the village free of British rule. This incident is known as Issur rebellion. Five freedom fighters from this village namely, K Giriyappa, Mallapaa, Suryanarayanachar, Halappa and Shankarappa were martyred in March 1943.

Cover Code: KTK/127/2018

Perfect Alloy Components Pvt. Ltd: Perfect Alloy Components Pvt. Ltd. was established in 1979 and it is the largest Indian Manufacturer of Valve seat inserts and turbo charger parts for IC engines. PAC exports over 45% of its production.

Cover Code: KTK/128/2018
Courtesy: Suresh Rao, Bengaluru. 

December 20, 2018

Jewellers of Russia

Russia Post released a set of 4 stamps on Jewelers of Russia on 26th July 2018.

A silver korchik, by the Firm Faberage, the decoration of which a significant role is assigned to state symbolism. The front part of the body is a spectacular image of a two-headed eagle under the three imperial crowns in the volumetric interpretation. It is also decorated with a large emerald of 7.21 carats. Particularly highlighted is the chased image of St. George the Victorious - the emblem of Moscow, placed on the eagle's chest. The embossed monogram of Nicholas II, located on the handle of the tip, completes it, enhances the decor of the product as a whole.

a gilded salt shaker by the firm Khlebnikov, in the form of an old chair with a back, with a folding wide seat, on four figured legs. The back is decorated with ribbon floral and geometric patterns characteristic of the Russian style.

breadcrumbs in the form of wicker baskets with elegant towels or fringed napkins thrown on them by the firm Ovchinnikov.

“Troika” silver sculpture composition, made by I.P. Sazikov in Moscow in the 1870s according to the model of sculptor Ye. A. Lancere. It is a galloping horse harnessed to a sleigh, driven by peasant drivers. Cast figures are distinguished by exceptional purity of work, thoroughness of modeling.

Shimopex 2018 (2)

A district level Philatelic Exhibition "Shimopex 2018" was held at Shivamogga from 7th to 9th December 2018.

Special covers released on 8th December 2018.
According to local legend, "Sihi Mogge" or pot containing sweet water used by Sage Durvasa, who performed denancehere is the source of the name of the city that developed around this temeple. After King Shivappa Nayaka built the gopura or tower in front of this temple it was called 'Shiva Mukha' or the main entrance used by the King. The name got progressuveky transformed into Shimog and now Shivamogga.

Cover Code: KTK/116/2018
Sri Raghavendra Krupa Ashrama Punyasthala: Punyasthala is a village in Channagiri Taluk in Davanagere district. It was the abode of Raghavendra Guruji, who set up ashram in 1969. He believed in treating all religions with equal dignity and respect, promotion of world peace through service to mankind.

Cover Code: KTK/117/2018.

PACE UM PU College: This special cover has been released to celebrate the Decennial year of PACE UMPU College, Shivamogga.

Cover Code: KTK/119/2018.

MAMCOS: The Malnad Areca Marketing Co-Operative Society Ltd. (MAMCOS) was established in 1939. Presently MAMCOS is the ray of hope for more than 25,000 Areca growers.

Cover Code: KTK/120/2018.

Govt.English Medium Higher Primary School, Durgigudi : Established in 1922 as a Kannada medium Girls' school with the aim of education of girls, it provided educational pportunity to boys also in 1923. In 1979, English Medium section has been included and the school is well known as Government English Medium Higher Primary School, Durgigudi.

Cover Code: KTK/121/2018.
Coourtesy: Suresh Rao, Bengaluru.

December 19, 2018

Shimopex 2018 (1)

A district level Philatelic Exhibition "Shimopex 2018" was held at Shivamogga from 7th to 9th December 2018 at Shimoga.

Special covers released on 7th December 2018
Hoysala Karnataka State Conference: The Hoysala Karnataka Brahmana Samaja was working in the religious, educational and cultural spheres, recognizng achievers in Shivamogga city since the past 75 years. 'Hoysala Kamataka Pattina Souharda Sahakari Niyamita is a pub!lc cooperative organization with a capital of 6 crores and 2,200 members. The organisation has been granting financial assistance/loans as per requirement of members. Hoysala Karnataka State Conference is scheduled on 2nd and 3rd Feb, 2019.

Cover Code: KTK/110/2018

PES Institute of Technology and Management.: PES Institute of Technology and Management (PESITM), Shivamogga, was established in 2007 for providing quality technical and management education, support to research and development activities.

Cover Code: KTK/112/2018

Sunset of Agumbe: Agumbe is a beautiful village in the Western Ghats. It is known as "Cherrapunji of the South" on account of its copious monsoon rains. It provides a beautiful view of the sunset across the coastal plains.

Cover Code: KTK/113/2018

TUMCOS: The Horticultural Products Marketing Cooperative Society (TUMCOS) was established in the year 1984. It is a marketing forum for horticulturists in Channagiri.

Cover Code: KTK/115/2018
Courtesy: Suresh Rao, Bengaluru.

Assumption Cathedral

Russia Post released a stamp on 25th July 2018 depicting The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the main temple of the Omsk diocese which is located in the city center on Cathedral Square and is a landmark of Omsk.

December 18, 2018

Dr.Siddayya Puranik

A special cover on Dr.Siddayya Puranik was released at Bangalore on 24th November 2018 to mark his birth centenary.

Dr. Siddayya Puranik (Pen Name - Kavyananda) was born on 18th June 1918 in Karnataka. He was an eminent Kannada writer who has contributed immensely to Kannada literature besides being an outstanding lAS Officer with human touch. He was a scholar in Kannada, English, Hindi, Sanskrit and Urdu. He has won many prestigious awards.

Cover Code: KTK/105/2018
Courtesy: Suresh Rao, Bengaluru.

December 17, 2018

POSTPEX 2018 (2)

Two special covers were released on the 2nd and 3rd day of Postpex 2018 held in Bangalore from 14th to 16th December 2018.

The hobby of Postcrossing encourages letter writing and exchange of stamps between countries.

Cover Code: KTK/133/2018

Letters are forever. Write Letters and be happy.

Cover Code: KTK/133/2018
Courtesy: Suresh Rao, Bengaluru.

December 16, 2018

Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vari Navaratri Brahmotsavams - 4

A set of 2 special cover was released on Kalpa Vriksha Vahanam and Sarvabhoopala Vahanam on the ocassion of Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vari Navaratri Brahmotsavams 2018 at Thirumala on 13th October 2018.

On Sarvaboopahala vahana Sri Venkateshwara goes to procession, along with Sridevi and Bhudevi. Swamy is the king of all the kings. The kings are the saviors of people and the rulers as well. he is the Lord of all the rulers, which includes Dikpalas like ndra, Vayu, Agni etc. also hence all the rulers serve the Lord in the form of Vahana.

Cover Code: AP/23/2018

Kalpa Vriksha fulfills all the interests, wished desires and goals of mankind. Sri. Malayappa Swamy makes Kalpavriksha as his vahana and delights the devotees. It showers only worldy blesses, Sri Venkateshwara who has Kalpavriksha as vahana confers both worldly and spiritual bliss. The Lord is a Kalpavriksha 9wish bearing tree) for all those who seek his shelter, Sharanagati. 

Cover Code: AP/22/2018

December 15, 2018


POSTPEX 2018, a unique and first of it's kind of exhibition was conducted in Bangalore from 14th to 16th December 2018. It was only for the serving & retired Departmental Officials and their children. Their collection were exhibited. It will be an exhibition to promote Philately not only among the public but also among the Postal staff and their children. 

 2 special covers were released on 14th December 2018 at the venue of Postpex 2018.

National Level Philatelic Exhibition organized at Bengaluru from 14th to 16th December 2018, by Karnataka Postal Circle exclusively for serving & retired Departmental Officials and their children. This exhibition marks an important stage in the historical progression of philatelic exhibitions. This special cover is released to commemorate "POSTPEX 2018"

 Cover Code: KTK/132/2018

K.R.Murthy - Builder of Bengaluru GPO
Shri K.R.Murthy, then Postmaster General (1977 to 1982) of Karnataka Postal Circle and later Secretary, Department of Posts, was the Builder of Bengaluru GPO which is the pride of India Post. The new building was inaugurated by Shri Rajiv Gandhi, then Prime Minister of India on 14-11-1985. This special cover is released during "POSTPEX 2018" in memory of Shri K.R. Murthy for his great contribution to India Post.

Cover Code: KTK/131/2018

Courtsey: Suresh Rao, Bengaluru and others.