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India Post Issues Stamps on Astrological Signs – Hand Painted Zodiac or Rashi

India Post, the official postal agency of India, has released stamps with astrological zodiac signs as theme. The zodiac signs are beautifully hand drawn pictures. Each stamp costs Rupees 5/-. The Stamps are of Aries (Mesha Rashi), Taurus (Vrishaba), Gemini (Mithuna), Cancer (Karka), Leo (Simha), Virgo (Kanya), Libra (Tula), Scorpio (Vrischika), Sagittarius (Dhanu), Capricorn (Makara), Aquarius (Kumba), and Pisces (Meena).You can buy the stamps from the General Post Offices (GPO) spread across the country.Aries or Mesha Rashi

Taurus or Vrishabha Rashi

Gemini or Mithuna

Dan Sankranti

Dan Sankranti is a unique ritual observed during the Sankranti in the month of Chaitra and Baishaka. The ritual is more popular in Bengal and eastern parts of India. The main ritual during the period is giving alms to the poor. Narayana (Lord Vishnu) is worshipped during the period.
Helping the poor and needy and offering food to the hungry during the period is considered meritorious deeds. The belief is that those who observe Dan Sankranti will attain Moksha.
A story associated with Dan Sankranti is listened to during the period.

Swami Gautamananda on Attachment

The name of the Lord has the power to purify us of our sins. Hence the advice to utter the name of the Lord with sincerity and faith.It is easier for a dweller in a rented house to vacate it, since he remains detached to it; but it is not so with an owner of a house who would struggle with the sentimental hold or sense of possessiveness towards it in a similar situation. When all thoughts are with God then there remains only love for God. Raga is attachment to the world. We get rid of this attachment for worldly objects (Vairagya) when the love for God increases. Swami Gautamananda of Sri Ramakrishna Math