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B/N 943 – State Vesak Festival - 2018

The Philatelic Bureau of the Department of Posts has issued a new postage stamp in the denomination of Rs.12.00 to commemorate the State Vesak Festival of 2562 BE, on April 28, 2018.



Date of Issue 28th April, 2018
Denomination Rs.12.00
Catalogue No: CSL2280
Stamp Designer

Palitha Gunasinghe

Stamp Size: 60mm x 30mm
Sheet Composition: 20 stamps per sheet

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State Vesak Festival - 2018

The Philatelic Bureau of the Department of Posts has issued a new postage stamp in the denomination of Rs. 12.00 to commemorate the State Vesak festival of 2562 BE, on April 29, 2018.

The Bingri Rajamaha Vihara where the 2562 State Vesak Festival will be held is situated spread over an area of about one thousand acres in the Bingiriya Divisional Secretariat Division in the Kurunegala District of the North-western Province.

Ancient legends have it that the stupa of the temple was built during the reign of King Devanampiya Tissa. This temple was renovated during the time of king Parakramabahu also and there is evidence that king Agbo I extended royal patronage from time to time towards the construction works of the Bingiriya Rajamaha Viharaya.

During the time of King Kirthi Sri Rajasinha this temple became a centre of Buddhist revivalist activities initiated by Velivita Sri Saranankara Sangharaja and the tampita Vihara Maligawa which is a historical monument of this temple was also constructed during the period of King Kirthi Sri Rajasinha.

The image house of this Vihara Maligava which has been identified as the largest one of its kind in Sri Lanka at present is being used as the uposathaghara for the vinaya rituals of the sangha

The great wall encircling the temple compound, the four gateways (vahalkada) and the renovated pohoyage reflect the ancient grandeur of this temple.

In addition to the buildings and the ruins, the archaeological evidence that reflect the historicity of the temple consist of two torsos of a fragmented stone statue of a standing Buddha and a reclining statue, torsos of other small statues, a head of a small statue, brick and tile fragments, large sized smooth and rough surfaced slabs and square stone pillars and rough- hewn balustrades.

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