Kolkata :Maharaja Agrasen was a legendary Indian king (Maharaja) of Agroha, acity of traders. The Agrawal and Agrahari communities are descendents from him. He is credited with the establishment of a kingdom of traders in North India named Agroha, and is known for his compassion in refusing to slaughter animals in yajnas.Maldives has issued a beautiful stamp on Maharaja Agrasen to commemorate Agrasen Jayanti on 1 st October, 2016. The stamp has been issued under the series of “Inventions and Explorations” along with other personalities like Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Christopher Columbus, Charles Darwin & Valentina Tereshkova.The stamp had been done viewing the increasing trade relationship between India & Maldives , to highlight the main business community in the country with age old history.The stamp has been designed by Mr.Alok K Goyal of A G Impex, Kolkata with many unique features on it. The Stamp is affixed with 4 (four) Crystals and major portion is decorated with Gold Foiling. The other features of the stamps are :-– Odd and Unusual Shape of the Stamp in the shape of a Kalash (Urn), which is first of its kind in the history of Stamps worldwide.– The Miniature sheet of this stamp is also of an unusual shape– Each Miniature sheet is numbered individually– A limited number of 1200 pcs released only out of which 1000 pcs arefor Indian market– An unique special folder with gold foiling in unusual shape has alsobeen designed to keep the miniature sheet safely in it. This folderopens as window and explains various aspects and details ofMaharaj Agrasen & Agrawal Community.The majority of these stamps had been bought by Mr Dinesh Chand Mittal of Mittal Appliance Ltd, Indore. Mittal Appliance Ltd is having only facility in the country to manufacture Blanks for currency coins and they are majorsupplier of these blanks to Indian Mints in the country.
Very few pieces of these will be available to collectors online atwww.stamps-n-stamps.comfrom Middle October, 2016 onwards.Before this stamp, Mr Alok K Goyal had also designed other similar stampscovering Indian mythology and instrumented their release from othercountries, like– Lord Ganesha from Niger in 2014 with Pure Gold Print,– Goddess Laxmi with Lord Ganesha from Niger in 2014 with Crystals– Goddess Durga from Sao Tome & Principe in 2015 with Crystal and Flock Effect– Lord Venkateswara from Sao Tome & Principe in 2015 with Crystal and GoldFoiling.