India on Buddha Jayanti 1956

Complete Set of 2 nos of commemorative postage stamps on the 2500th Buddha Jayanti :

318 Buddha Jayanti [India Stamp 1956]319 Buddha Jayanti [India Stamp 1956]

Issued by India

Issued on May 24, 1956

Picture : 2 a – Artist’s representation of the asvattha tree (ficus religiosa) at Bodh Gaya, seated under which Gautama attained enlightenment. In Buddhist art, this tree symbolizes the supreme moment in Gautama’s life when he became the Buddha.

14 a – The round figure on the left is a replica of the umbrella which once surmounted a colossal Bodhisattva statue at Sarnath, carved in the reign of the Kushan king Kanishka (first-second century A.D.). The umbrella is 10 ft. in diameter and is adorned with concentric decorative bands. The pierced projecting portion at the centre has the shape of a lotus. The ring beyond the lotus-petals contains a row of twelve mythical animals. The next band has eleven symbols besides one broken, viz., the three jewels, a pair of fish, a fleur-de-lis, a vase with foliage, a conch, a swastika, a vase with fruits (or sweets), a cup of leaves and three honeysuckles. The outermost band is made of lotus-petals bordering the umbrella. On the right is shown a representation of the Bodhi tree.

Type : Stamps, Postal Used

Watermark : No

Denomination : 2 & 14 Anna

Colour : 2 Anna Sepia and 14 Anna – Vermilion

Perforation : 13 x 13½

Stamps Printed : 2a  8.1 Million and 14a 0.72 Million each in sheets of 35

Printers : India Security Press

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