Wish Granting Cows (Postcard)

A postally used four colour digitally printed Picture Post Card mailed from the Kumbh Post Office Haridwar to an address within Haridwar. Third card of the four-card series ‘Rishikesh & Haridwar: Kumbh & COVID-19’. Corresponds to the traditionally third bath of the Kumbh.

Wish Granting Cows. The churning of the oceans by the divines and demons yielded several ‘jewels’. One of them was Kamdhenu, the wish granting cow. Various neighbourhoods across the region have places where cows who are of age and fallow are sheltered and taken care of. It is not uncommon to find cows on streets. Every temple of Lord Shiva also has a statue of his bull Nandi. Vasant Panchami marks the preparation for the arrival of spring. Prayers to Ma Saraswati, the goddess of learning are held.

16 February 2021 – Vasant Panchami, heralding spring.
Four colour digitally printed
300 gsm
9.5 cm x 14 cm
Dated: Dispatch 30 April 2021, Receiving 01 May 2021

Post-marks/cancellations:
a. Round cancellation stamp bearing text ‘CAMP P.O. 30.4.21 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:
a. One stamp of Rs. 5 ‘SHYAMA PRASAD MUKHERJEE’.
b. One stamp of Re. 1 ‘MAHATMA GANDHI’.

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

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