India: Stamp on saint

The Department of Post has released a commemorative postage stamp on Annamacharya in the denomination of Rs five. The new stamps, first day covers and information sheets will be available for sale at all philatelic bureaus and counters.

Annamacharya, a 15th century mystic saint, social reformer, singer-poet and an ardent devotee of Lord Venkateswara, composed and rendered spontaneously hundreds of verses dedicated to the glory of Alamelu Manga, consort of Lord Venkateswara.

The saint-poet carried the Sankirtana Yagna till his last breath and composed 32,000 Sankirtanams.

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