Gommateshwara – Bhagawan Bahubali

A commemorative postage stamp on the Millennium of Bhagaban Gomateshwara Statue at Sharavanabelgola :

846-gommateshwara-india-stamp-1981Issued by India

Issued on Feb 9, 1981

Issued for : Indian Posts & Telegraphs Department is privileged to commemorate the occasion by issuing a special stamp.

Description of Designs : The stamp design depicts the upper portion of the statue at Shravanabelgola. The First Day Cover, designed by Sumhinder Singh, depicts the footprints of Gommateshwara within a lotus flower. The special cancellation, designed by Charanjit Lal, consists of the artist’s impression of the kalash (sacred pitcher) to be used for mahamastakabhisheka.

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 100 Paise

Overall size : 4.06 x 2.75 cms.

Printing size : 3.70 x 2.40 cms.

Perforation : 14½ x 14

Paper : Unwatermarked adhesive stamp paper

Number printed : 25,00,000

Number per issue sheet : 40

Printing process : Photogravure

Designed and printed at : India Security Press

About : 

  • According to Jain mythology, the first tirthankara, Rishabhanatha had two sons, Bharat and Bahubali. The step brothers contested for supremacy and their mighty armies ranged against each other in an impending battle. At the counsel of the ministers of both the courts, the issue was sought to be settled through a series of personal combats between the two kings. Bahubali vanquished his rival, but disgusted at the extent of debasing of human nature through greed, lust for power, pride and violence, he renounced the world. He practised severe penance in the kayotsarga mudra (the posture of renouncing the physical existence) for one whole year.
  • The richness of fine grain granite has been heightened by a fine gloss through burnishing, which equals to the polished Asokan figures of 3rd Century B.C.
  • The statue was dedicated in about 981 A.D., when pratishthapana (holy installation) took place. To celebrate the thousand year of the installation of the colossus, mahamastakabhisheka (holy anointing) is being performed in 1981.
  • The above text is based on material published elsewhere and/or supplied by the sponsors.

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