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A commemorative postage stamp on Kirat Mahaguru Phalgunanda, religious leader of the Limbu people of Nepal (part of series : National Personality Series, 1993) :

Kirat Mahaguru Phalgunanda Lingden (महागुरु फाल्गुनन्द लिङ्देन)Issued by Nepal

Issued on Dec 2, 1993

Issued by :
HMG/N, Postal Services Department
Nepal Philatelic Bureau, Kathmandu

Design : The present postage stamp depicts his imaginary portrait.

Designer : Mohan N. S. Rana

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Denomination : Rs. 15

Colour : 4 Colours

Size : 28 x 39.5 mm

Format : Vertical

Paper : High Quality Stamp Paper

Quantity : 1,000,000 (one million)

Sheet : 50 stamps per sheet

Process : Offset Lithography

Printer : Austrian Government Printing Office, Austria

Name : Phalgunanda Lingden

Born on Nov 10, 1885 at Ibhang 25 Dandagaun, Ilam district, Nepal

Died on Apr 4, 1949

About : 

  • Falgunanda was born in 1885 in Ilam district, Nepal. He is renowned as Mahaguru (the great teacher) especially among the Limbus. He is remembered for his outstanding socio-cultural and religious messages in the Limbu ethnicity, while not less exemplary are these to others as well. His one message is practice no animal sacrifice, since this sacrifice (taboo) raises social expenditures on celebrations; like birth, wedding and funeral. His further messages are similarly : eliminate social orthodoxies, run school for children, give literacy and awareness to children through their mother tongue. Education he stressed on chiefly because he believed it brings in knowledge to wash one’s heart clean which alone is key to emancipation which again is the Ultimate Truth to realize God. In his philosophy there can be no better friend than love and nonviolence.
  • Falgunanda who also built innumerable shrines died in 1949.
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