According to info got by StampNews.com the government of Niger, a West African country, has issued two special stamps on Lord Ganesha and Goddess Laxmi during the current festive season. The issue consists of two types of stamps that are available for Indian market from the 25th of September.
The stamps are available in a limited edition of 1500 pieces only, said philatelist Alok K Goyal who is also the sole authorised dealer of these stamps in India.
He said the first stamp is in a hexagonal shape placed on a miniature sheet in the shape of Ganesha with partially gold foiling.
The second one has a pair of round stamps of Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth, and Lord Ganesha with a red Swarovski on each of them, on a souvenir sheet in the shape of open lotus flower.
Niger, officially the Republic of Niger, is a landlocked country in Western Africa, named after the Niger River. It borders Nigeria and Benin to the south, Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, Algeria and Libya to the north and Chad to the east Niger covers a land area of almost 1,270,000 km2, making it the largest nation in West Africa, with over 80 percent of its land area covered by the Sahara desert. Bilateral relations between India and Niger are cordial and it has its embassy in New Delhi since 2011.
The growing popularity of Indian art and culture internationally has initiated the government of Niger to issue this very special stamp during current festive season in India.