20 September 2016

Jayadeva and Geetagovinda 27.7.2009

The celebrated saint poet Jayadeva as a devotee of Madhaba, Krishna and Jagannath developed the Indian classical Sanskrit literature by his immortal and noted writing of Geeta Govinda Kavya (piece of art), which is divinely decorated. Most probably the Kavya was composed in the first half of the twelfth century. The Geeta Govinda created sensational impact in the minds of the then people throughout India and also abroad all through the ages.

This is the first time that 11 stamps have been issued in a se-tenant. India Post issued 11 stamps on Jayadeva’s Geeta Govinda in two formats. The two products consist of the longest strip of 11 se-tenant stamps in a sheet of 66 stamps. The se-tenant is a French word meaning joined together. The 11 stamps have also been introduced as a miniature sheet. This is also the first time that the miniature sheet of 11 stamps has been issued in a sheet form, he says.
Epic poem. Jayadeva was a Sanskrit poet who lived in what is now known as Orissa Circa around 1200 AD. He is more known for his epic poem ‘Gita Govinda’, which depicts the divine love of Lord Krishna and His consort Radha and is considered as an important text in the Bhakti Movement of Hinduism. At the time of Jayadeva’s birth, Orissa was under the rule of King Chodagangadeva of the Ganga dynasty. It was during the reign of this monarch and his son and successor Raghava that Jayadeva had composed Sanskrit epics. He had married Padmavathi, an accomplished temple dancer, who was the inspiration for his poems. Gita Govinda became popular throughout India. Jayadeva was instrumental in popularising ‘Dasavathara’, which is the theme for this set of stamps. It’s a practice to sing one Ashtapadi from the Geeta Govinda during puja time at the Jagannath temple in Puri.

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