A commemorative postage stamp on Adi Jagadguru Shivarathri Shivayogi Swamiji, an Indian Saivite saint :
Issued by India
Issued on Dec 21, 2012
Issued for : Department of Posts is happy to release a Commemorative Postage Stamp on Sri Shivarathri Shivayogi.
Stamp / FDC : Sankha Samanta
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint condition
Colour : Multi colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 0.82 Million (0.52 million for the proponent)
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : India Security Press, Nashik
- Sri Shivarathri Shivayogi was a great saint of the 10th Century AD. Not much is known about his early life. Sri Shivarathri Shivayogi came into limelight with his efforts to restore peace between two warring kings, Rachamalla IV of the Ganges of Talkad and Rajaraja Chola I of the Chola dynasty. When the warring kings went to seek the blessings for victory from Shivayogi, instead of supporting their cause, he persuaded both the kings to abandon war and choose peace. The effect was such that both the enemies reached out to one another to extend the hand of friendship.
- Both the kings volunteered to set up a Math or Peetha for the saint to commemorate this event. The Math was thus established on the banks of River Kapila near Suttur, a small village in Nanjanagud Taluk of Mysore district. The Math is now known as Jagadguru Sri Veerasimhasana Mahasamsthana Math.
- The foundation stone of the good work done by Sri Shivarathri Shivayogi has continued with ‘Work is Worship’ and ‘Selfless Service’ as the guiding principles of the Math. The Math has been serving people irrespective of caste, creed, gender or colour. The Math has diversified its work in India and abroad in various fields like establishing educational institutions, free boarding hostels, medical and healthcare unit, literary and cultural centres, etc.
- Text : Based on the material provided by the proponent.