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