Special Cover India April 2018 – Budh Purnima

Special Cover India April 2018 – Budh Purnima

A Special Cover issued at Mumbai on 30 Apr 2018 to celebrate Budh Purnima or Vesak.

SPL CVR MUM BUDH PURNIMA
SPECIAL COVER MUMBAI BUDH PURNIMA – APRIL 2018

Yungang Grottoes – China -Buddha

Yungang Grottoes – China -Buddha

The Yungang Grottoes formerly Wuzhousan Grottoes are ancient Chinese Buddhist temple Grottoes  near the city of Datong in the province of Shanxi.They are excellent examples of rock cut architecture and one of the three most famous ancient Buddhist scriptural sites of China.

The Five caves created by  Tan Yao represent the outstanding achievement of Buddhist Cave art in China in 5th and 6th Centuries. It consists of 252 caves and 51,000 statues.It is in UNESCO World Heritage Site .

Peoples Republic of China issued a miniature sheet on Yungang Grottoes -Buddha on 13 April 2006.

BUDDHA CHINA
YUNGANG GROTTOES – CHINA MINIATURE SHEET 2006

Buddha’s Birthday – Buddha Purnima -Vesak

Buddha’s Birthday – Buddha Purnima -Vesak

Stampdigest wishes all its readers a Happy Buddha Purnima or Vesak on 29th and 30th April.

Gautam Buddha’s Birthday is a holiday traditionally celebrated in East ,South and South East Asia. It is based on Asian Lunisolar Calendars and is primarily celebrated in Baisakh month of Buddhist Calendar and Bikram Samvat of Hindu Calendar and that is why called Vesak. It also falls on full moon Uposotha day in 5th or 6th Lunar Month. It is also celebrated on eighth day of fourth month in Chinese Lunar Calendar. Full moon is Purnima in Sanskrit and hence Buddha Purnima. It is celebrated in April,May orJune based on Gregorian Calendar. In 2018 it is being celebrated on 30th April.

Gautama was born in Lumbini in Nepal in 563 BC, attained Nirvana at Bodhgaya  India and gave his first sermon at Sarnath India.

Nepal – Nepal issued a set of five stamps  on world Heritage Site -Birth Place of Buddha -Lumbini in Nepal on 14 Sep 2009.

BUDDHA NEPAL LUMBINI
LUMBINI -BIRTH PLACE OF BUDDHA – NEPAL 2009

 

Bhutan – eight Auspicoius symbols of Buddhism

Bhutan issued a miniature sheet on 16 April 2016 depicting the eight auspicious symbols of Buddhism.

BUDDHA BHUTAN SYMBOLS
EIGHT AUSPICIOUS SYMBOLS OF BUDDHISM -BHUTAN 2016

Tian Tan Buddha Hong Kong -Nauru 1997

Tian Tan Buddha Hong Kong – Nauru 1997

Tian Tan Buddha or Big Buddha is a large Bronze statue of Buddha Sakyamuni completed on 29 Dec 1993 and located at Ngong Ping  Lantau Island Hong Kong SAR.The Statue is sited near Po Lin Monastery .It is 34 metres high and is a major centre of Buddhism in Hong Kong.

Nauru issued a miniature sheet on 12 Feb 1997 on the Big Buddha Statue to commemorate the 11th Asian International Stamp Exhibition held in Hong Kong in 1997.

BUDDHA NAURU
TIAN TAN BUDDHA HONG KONG -STAMPS OF NAURU 1997

Buddha’s Birthday – Vesak – Sri Lanka

Buddha’s Birthday – Vesak – Sri Lanka

Vesak is celebratedas religious and cultural festival on the full moon day of lunar month of Veshaka.  It is the most prominent Buddhist festival in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka has issued a large number of stamps and miniature sheets on Vesak. Few are listed.

 

 

SL VESAK 2013
VESAK 2013- SRI LANKA
SL VESAK 2012
VESAK 2012 -SRI LANKA
SL VESAK 2010
VESAK 2010 -SRI LANKA
SL VESAK 2008
VESAK 2008 -SRI LANKA
SL VESAK 2000
VESAK 2000 – SRI LANKA