Hope Floats. (Special Cover)

A postally used four colour digitally printed Special Cover mailed from the Kumbh Post Office Haridwar to an address within Haridwar. Fourth cover of the four-cover series ‘Rishikesh & Haridwar: Kumbh & COVID-19’. Corresponds to the traditionally fourth bath of the Kumbh.

Hope Floats. When the prayers are held near Ma Ganga, the believers float a small boat made of leaves. It contains flowers, incense stick and a lighted earthen lamp. People make wishes and float the boats. This is also done in remembrance of the loved ones. Maha Shivaratri is a major occasion for the ritual-bathing in Ganga. People observe fasts during the day. Leaves of the Bilva tree usually are in clusters of three and garlands made of 108 or 1008 such clusters are offered to Lord Shiva.

11 March 2021 – Maha Shivratri, the great night of Lord Shiva.
Four colour digitally printed
High quality paper
10 cm x 23 cm
Dated: Dispatch 30 April 2021

Post-marks/cancellations:
a. Round cancellation stamp bearing text ‘CAMP P.O. 27.4.21 UA-3004’, the special mark for Haridwar Kumbh 2021.
b. Rectangle mark bearing text ‘CAMP P.O. UA-3004’, the special mark for Haridwar Kumbh 2021.
c. Round stamp by the receiving (addressee) post office bearing text ‘JAWALAPUR (both in Hindi and English) 249407 1.5.21 HARDWAR’.

Postage stamps:
One stamp of Rs. 5 ‘SHYAMA PRASAD MUKHERJEE’.

Special features:
Dispatched on the last day of the Kumbh.

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