A commemorative postage stamp on the 2500th Anniversary of 24th tirthankara of Jainism, Ativir Vardhamana‘s attainment of Nirvana :
Issued on Nov 13, 1974
Issued for : The Posts and Telegraphs Department are privileged to pay homage to the memory of this great soul during the 25th Centenary year of his Nirvana by issuing a commemorative postage stamp.
Design : The temple at Pavapuri is adopted as the motif of the stamp.
Designed by : Binoy Sarkar
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Blue black
Denomination : 25 Paise
Overall Size : 3.91 X 2.90 cms.
Printing Size : 3.56 X 2.54 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Watermark : Unwatermarked paper
Number Printed : 30,00,000 in sheets of 35
Number per issue sheet : 35
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printed at : India Security Press
Name : Mahavir Vardhman (Nigantha Nataputta)
Born on 599 BCE at Kundagram, Vaishali district, Bihar, India
Died on 527 BCE at Pawapuri, Bihar, India
- Bhagwan Mahavira was born at Vaisali (Bihar), the then capital of the Licchavis, as the son of King Siddhartha. In spite of being born in affluent surroundings, he renounced the worldly life and became an ascetic practising the five great vows of non-violence, truth, non-stealing, continence, and non-acquisitiveness.
- After leading a life of sacrifice and penance for 12 years, Bhagwan Mahavira attained the perfect knowledge. He became the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism. He preached the basic tenets of Jainism which include Non-violence, Equality, the Philosophy of Soul and the need for Co-existence. He advocated the necessity for men to remain free from passions and showed them the Right Path consisting of Right Knowledge, Right Faith, Right Conduct and Right Penance.
- Bhagwan Mahavira attained Nirvana at Pavapuri in Bihar at the age of 72.