Postal Stamp Image : MAX MUELLER (SANSKRIT SCHOLAR) 0718 Indian Post
Stamp Issue Date : 15/07/1974
Postage Stamp Dinomination : 1.00
Postal Stamp Serial Number : 0718
Stamp Information : Max Mueller was born at Dessau in Germany in 1823, the only son of Wilhelm Mueller, a distinguished poet, some of whose poems were set to music by Franz Schubert. Max Mueller attended the gramer school in his native town till 1836. He than entered the University of Leipzig in 1841 with the intention of studying Latin and Grek. However studying these languages proved somewhat tiring to him, and when he heard of the foundation of a Chair in Sanskrit, he took to the study of the language with deep devotion and started learning that language. Taking has decorate in philosophy in 1943, Max Mueller proceded to the University of Berlin in 1844 to continue his work on Sanskrit and philosophy under Franz Bopp, the founder of the Science of Comparative Philosophy, and under Friendrich von Schelling, te eminent philosopher. In 1846, he went to England, with an introduction to the Prussian Minister in London, Baroon Bunsen, who later became his well-wisher, to copy and collate manuscripts in Sanskrit. The greatest difficulty he faced was money for the publication of the Rig-Veda which he in a meanwhile, had begun to translate. This difficulty was, however, overcome with the help of Baron Bunsen adn H.H. Wilson, the first Boden Professor of Sanskrit at Oxford who ecommended him to East India Company for financial support. As his Rig-Veda was being printed at the iversity Pres, he migrated to Oxford in 1848 and spent the rest of his life there. The frst volume of Max Mueller's edition was apeared in 1849, the sixth and the last in 1874. This printed Rig-Veda caused great ethusiasm in India. With the translation of the Rig-Veda, and innumerable publications on Indian religion and literature, Max Mueller ushered in renaissance of India's culture and was its greatest interpreter to the Western world. Later it was specially the Vedanta which attracted him so much that Swami Vivekananda said for him: "Max Mueller is a Vedantist of Vedantists. He has, indeed, cought the real soul of the melody of the Vedanta." Gradually, Mueller's reputation spread in India. His book 'India: What it can teach us' has a special place among his publications. It contains a series of lectures given by Mueller at the University of Cambridge. When reading these books, the reader will find it difficult to believe that Max Mueller was never in India. Max Mueller did not only delve into India's past but also took the liveliest interest in her political reawakening. He regualrly corresponded with prominent Indians who prepared the path for India's freedom. When he died in 1900, India had indeed lost a great friend, on whom she rightly bestowed the title "Moksha Mula." The Posts and Telegraphs Department is privileged to bring out a stamp in honour of Max Mueller.
Philatelic Stamp Description : The stamp is vertical and depicts the portrait of the personality.
Stamp Currency : R
Stamp Language : English
Stamp Overall Size : 3.91 X 2.90 cms
Postal Stamp Print Size : 3.56 x 2.5 cms.
Number of Stamps Per Sheet : 35
Stamp Perforations : 13 x 13
Postal Stamp Shape : Diagonal
Postage Stamp Paper : Unwatermarked adhesive stamp paper
Indian Stamp Process : Photogravure
Number of stamps printed : 20,00,000
Stamp Printed At : India Security Press
Indian Stamp's Color : Red Brown
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