I wrote this post for the 375th Madras Day in 2014. I have added additional information and few more stamps for this year’s (377th) Madras Day.
Being born and brought up in this lovely city and being a stamp collector, I don’t have a better way to show my love for this city than through stamps.
Here are some Indian stamps on well known landmarks in Madras i.e., Chennai.
Chennai Central Station
One of the popular landmarks of Chennai city is the Central Railway Station. Over 2,00,000 people use this station today. The construction of this station began in 1873, when Royapuram was the main railway station. The following stamp was issued in 2009.
Chennai General Post Office
The General Post Office on the first line beach road is located in a building that was built in 1884. The building had suffered damages during natural calamities and fire accidents. The following stamp on Madras General Post Office was issued in 1986.
Madras High Court
The Madras High Court was established during Queen Victoria period in 1862. The current court building was inaugurated in 1892. The building was hit during the beginning of First World War. It houses the old lighthouse too within its campus. The following stamp on Madras High Court was issued in 1962.
The Senate House is inside the University of Madras campus. It was constructed between 1874-79 and is considered to be the finest example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. The following stamp of Senate House was issued in 1957.
The Government Museum was established in 1851 and is the second oldest museum in India. It has the largest collection of Roman antiques outside Europe. Within its campus are the Museum Theatre and Connemara Library. The following miniature sheet of the Government Museum was issued in 2000.
Connemara Public Library
One of the largest libraries in Asia, the Connemara Public Library, was established in 1890. It receives each and every publications and books printed in India and has over 600,000 books. The following stamp on Connemara Library that is inside Chennai Museum was issued in 1998.
College of Engineering
The College of Engineering inside Anna University is one of the oldest engineering institutions in India. Among its alumnus are Very Srinivasa, Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Akkineni Nagarguna, Crazy Mohan. The following stamp shows the College of Engineering building.
Integral Coach Factory
The Integral Coach Factory is the manufacturing unit of Indian Railways. Established in 1952 and beginning production in 1955, it has built over 50,000 coaches. Apart from supplying to Indian Railways, it also exports rail cars to many countries in Asia and Africa. The following stamp on the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) was issued in 2005.
Adyar is known for the big banyan tree, which is believed to be 450 years old. Annie Besant, J. Krishnamurti, and many others have given disclosures to around 3000 people who sat under the banyan tree shade. That banyan tree is inside the acres of orchards and park of the world headquarters of the Theosophical Society, which was founded in New York in 1875. The society moved to Adyar in 1883. The following stamp on Theosophical Society was issued in 1975.
Madras Christian College
One of oldest extant colleges in Asia is the Madras Christian College, which was founded in 1837. Its alumnus includes many noted personalities, such as Dr. S.Radhakrishnan, T.N.Seshan, Indira Nooyi, etc. The following stamp on Madras Christian College was issued in 1987.
The Santhome Church was originally built in 16th century by the Portuguese, but rebuilt as a cathedral by the British. It is built over the tomb of St.Thomas, an apostle of Jesus. It is a pilgrimage centre for Christians in India. The following first day cover showing the Santhome Church on the first day cover was issued in 1964.
St. Thomas Mount
Located on the south side of Chennai, the St. Thomas Mount provides a panoramic view of the city. It is believed St.Thomas was martyred on this small hill. The following stamp on the Stone Cross in the church on St. Thomas Mount in Madras was issued in 1973.
Located 60kms from Chennai is the historic town, Mahabalipuram. It was a busy seaport during ancient times. The rock sculptures there have been declared as heritage sites by UNESCO. A following stamp shows the famous Shore Temple at Mahabalipuram.
Madras Medical College
Madras Medical College was established in 1835 to supply surgeons and hospital assistants for the army. It is third oldest medical college in India. One of the first female doctors in the world, Mary Ann Dacomb Scharlieb, graduated from this college. The following stamp on Madras Medical College was issued in 1985.
Founded in 1925, Loyola College ranks among the top institutions in India for its courses in arts, science, and commerce. The following stamp showing the church inside Loyola College in the background was issued in 1997.
Great Trigonometrical Survey
The following First Day Cover on the Great Trigonometrical Survey was issued in 2004. It is in this survey, the heights of the Himalayan ranges (Everest, K2, Kanchenjunga) were measured. The survey was started in Chennai in 1802!
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