Postal Stamp Image : No photo
Stamp Issue Date : 05/04/1999
Postage Stamp Dinomination : 3.00
Postal Stamp Serial Number : 1844
Stamp Information : The fact that the word 'navigation' has its root in the Sanskrit word navigati (navigation) underlines the antiquity of India's Maritime Heritage. The discovery of 5000 years old Malabar teak beams in the ruins of Ur in Babylon (Iraq) and an Indian cedar beam at the palace of Nebuchadnezzar at Birs Nimrud dating back to 600 B.C. prove that our ancient ship-wrights had made considerable advances in technology. With the discovery of the Lothal port and dock dating back to circa 2400-1900 B.C., it became clear taht the Indus Valley Civilization did have a maritime dimension also. Evidences of smaller ports of the same era were unearthed at places like Bhagatrav Satkagendor and Sutkakoh. The commercial acumen of India's merchant class and the zeal of Buddhist missionaries must have given tremendous impetus to ship-building in the subsequent centuries. When we move from the terracota boat model of Lothal and engravings in Indus seals to the depiction of ships and boats in Ajanta caves (Circa 600 A.D.), the advancement in technology from single sail ships to sewn plank ships with three sails is in evidence.
Philatelic Stamp Description : Text based on material furnished by Naval Headquarters supplemented by material from marine Archaeology July 1993. Satmp and FD based on material furnished by Naval Headquarters. Cancellation By Alka Sharma.
Stamp Currency : R
Stamp Language : English
Stamp Overall Size : 3.90 X 2.90 cms
Postal Stamp Print Size : 3.5 x 2.54 cms.
Number of Stamps Per Sheet : 40
Stamp Perforations : 13 x 13
Postal Stamp Shape : Horizontal
Postage Stamp Paper : Matt Chromo
Indian Stamp Process : Photo Offset
Number of stamps printed : 0.7 million
Stamp Printed At : Calcutta Security Printers Ltd
Indian Stamp's Color : Multicolour
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