Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Param Pujya Mahopadhyay Shri Kshmakalyan Ji Maharaj

Khartargachha has been known for its strict saintly order and conduct. As and when any slackening in saintly conduct crept in due to human frailities, Khartagachha Acharyas and saints performed “Kriyoddhar” and re-established the true saintly conduct order.

According to Sanskrit Kshmakalyan Charit penned by Pt. Nityanandji, Kshmakalyan ji was born in Vikram Samvat 1801 i.e. 1744 A.D. to Oswal Maioo Gotra Family in Kesardesar village near Bikaner, Rajasthan. He was named as Khusalchand.

According to “Deeksha Nandi Suchi” he was ordained as Yati by Shri Jinlabh Suri. He was ordained to monkhood at the age of 11 by Shri Amritdharma ji.

He spend his Chaturmas at Bikaner and Jaisalmer. He was asked to accede to the post of Upadhyaya by Shri Jinchandrasurji and he authored many books.

He performed consecration ceremonies. He undertook pilgrimages to almost all pilgrim centres. Under his tutelage many disciples carried out various studies. He had a very neat handwriting. He was one of the most well versed scholar and authority on Jain religious scriptures.

His adoration and Mantra worship was of highest order as well as effective. There are numerous inscriptions on idols, foot prints, Shri Siddhachakra Yantra, Stupa etc. of Mahopadhyaya Shri Kshmakalyan ji.

He breathed his last at Bikaner in 1873 A D and his last rites were performed in the precincts of Rail Dadabari and a foot print and stupa were consecrated. His idols are established ay Shri Seemandhar Swami Temple and Shri Sugan ji Upasara at Bikaner.

The Special cover features a colour image of Param Pujya Mahopadhyay Shri Kshmakalyan Ji Maharaj performing Mantra energisation of Vasakshep. The special pictorial cancelation is a graphic sketch of the Vasshep. The stamp is Govardhanram Tripati issued in 2016.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Acharya Vimal Sagar

Shri Vimal Sagarji Maharaj is recognized as a Digambar Jain Acharya of the 20th century, known as a Vatsalya Murti and Sant Shiromani for his Tapasya, Riddhi-Siddhi, Scholarship, Gyan, Siddha Bhakti. He was born on 7th day of Ashwin Krishan in 1915 at Kosma in Uttar Pradesh. His real name before taking Deeksha was Nemichand Jain. He took Deeksha on 13th day of Falgun Shukla in 1952. In the year of 1960, he was awarded by “Acharya Pad” from the blessing and permission by Acharya Shri Mahavirkirtiji Maharaj. In 1963 he was awarded a “Charitra Chakraworty Pad” and in 1979 he was awarded “Sanmati Divakar Pad”. Acharya Shri Vimal Sagarji took Samadhi on 12th day of Poash Krishna in 1994 at auspicious “Siddha Kshetra Shri Sammedshikharji.

Communication Minister Shri Manoj Sinha released commemorative stamp on Acharya Vimalsagar Ji Maharaj on 14th December 2016 at a function organized at Dak Bhawan, New Delhi.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Saavira Kambada Basadi

Saavira Kambada Basadi or 1000 pillar Jain Temple is a Jain temple in Karnataka. It is well known across the world not only because it was built in 1430 A D , but because of the remarkable pillars that are an integral part of the temple. The temple is also known as the Tribhuvana Tilaka Chudamani Basadi or the crest jewel of the three worlds.

The local Chieftain Devaraya Wodeyar initiated the construction of the temple in 1430, but the temple as it stands today includes additions made in 1962. The temple was constructed over a painstaking period of 31 years. An equivalent amount of 9 crores was spent in the construction of the fascinating temple.

The construction of the temple took place in phases. The first phase saw the construction of the sanctum sanctorum with the eight foot idol of Chandranath. The idol is the reason the temple is also known as the Chandranath Basadi.

The second phase oversaw the construction of the magnificent prayer hall with its innumerable pillars. The last phase of construction was the erection of the manasthamba, commissioned by Queen Nagala Devi. The 60 foot monolith is in many ways the centre piece in a temple that is awe-inspiring around every turn.

Although the temple complex features three separate stories, devotees are only allowed on the upper floors once in a year. Despite being one of the oldest and biggest Jain temples in Asia, the upper floors are in many ways a well-kept secret.

The stories of the pillars

Standing in the courtyard, every visitor experiences the grandeur and vigour that has come to stand as the hallmark of an era long lost in the sands of time. The temple boasts of many mantapas, each one supported by pillars. The pillars carved from granite have stories carved on each one. Every pillar is unique and the figures carved on them are unique. With so much beauty to behold, some visitors are intrigued while the plebeians will simply look at a few and move on to the next sight to behold.

Even as the pillars and the carvings attract your attention, there is a fascinating hush of silence and peace that envelops the temple. The intricate carvings and geometrically accurate lines speak of craftsmen whose skills can dumbfound today’s machines in the blink of an eye.

Stone chandeliers that seemingly defy gravity and other such architectural marvels form a part of the landscape of the temple and never fail to boggle the modern man’s mind. The inherent patience of the craftsmen evident in the intricacy of the carvings is an anti-thesis to the constant hustle and bustle in the city. They might just inspire you to slow down and savour the art, as it were.

Tales of history, exchanges of culture and the interaction between man and nature is all carved in plain sight for everyone to see. Mythical tales of animals mingle with carvings of African giraffes and Chinese carvings harking back to a time of prosperous commercial trade routes between continents.

The special cover sponsored by Alva’s Education Foundation (R), Moodbidri on the occasion of National Level Literary and cultural convention “Alva’s Nudisiri 2016” features a colour image of the inner view of the temple with the pillars and the statue of Chandranath, over a background featuring the external view of the temple. The Special Pictorial Cancellation is a line graphic sketch of the facade of the temple.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Kalpavriksha Beawar

A Special Cover on Kalpa Vriksha was released by Shri B. R. Suthar (SSPo, Ajmer), Shri R.L. Balotia (SPo, Beawar), Shri Shankar Singh Rawat (MLA Beawar), Smt. Babita Chouhan (Chairman Nagarparisad, Beawar), Shri N. M. Mali (Asst. Director, RO Ajmer) and Shri Virendra Sharma (Jury Member) was released on 28th August 2016.

Mangliyawas, 26kms from Ajmer is famous for two 800 years old trees of a rare species, popularly known as 'Kalpa-Vriksha'. People visit this place throughout the year but on dark moon day of 'Sravana' (Shravana) thousands of people come to worship the trees. The Special Cancellation depicts Ashapura Mata temple of Beawar dedicated to the family deity of the Rajput ruler, Prithviraj Chauhan

Friday, August 26, 2016

Nasiyan Digambar Jain Temple

Nasiyan Digambar Jain Temple or Sethji ki Nasiya or Sidhhkut Chaitalaya is located at Prithviraj Marg in Ajmer. The temple was built in the 18th century is dedicated to first jain tirthankar, lord Adinath. Sethji ki Nasiya is regarded as one of the best Jain temples in Rajasthan. The temple was built by Seth Moolchand Soni in 1865. This temple is also known as Lal Mandir (Red Temple). The temple has a two-storied structure divided into two parts, where one is the worship area comprising the idol of Lord Adinath and the second is the museum including a hall. The museum hall gets the major attention due to its mind blowing interiors made up in gold. This exquisite museum depicts the five stages (Panch Kalyanak) in the life of Lord Adinath, in the stature of statues. With the dimensions of 40 x 80 feet, the hall is adorned with Belgium stain glass, mineral color paintings and stain glasswork.

The cancellation depicts Pragya Shikhar of Todgarh. When the British Colonel James Tod came here, he was so enchanted by the aura of this place that he founded this small village and build many buildings. One of his residence buildings is now converted into a Jain temple known as Pragya Shikhar.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Jain Dhwaja Yatra 2016 - Kolkata

Special Cover on Jain Dhwaja Yatra 2016 released on 17th July 2016 at Kolkata.

Jain Dhwaja Yatra 2016 is religious trekking event organised by Shree Digamber Jain Agarwal Samaj Youth Wing on the auspicious occasion of mukut saptami of bhagwan parasnath.

On the occasion of Jain Dhwaja Yatra 2016, a Special Cover was released at a function organized by Shri Digamber Jain Agarwal Samaj Youth Wing at Shri Digamber Jain Parshwanath Upavan Mandir, Belgachia Road, Kolkata on 17th July 2016.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

25th Silver Jubilee Year of Shri Swetamber Jain Dadabadi Mandir

On the occasion of 25th Silver Jubilee Year of Shri Swetamber Jain Dadabadi Mandir, Pune, a special cover and special cancellation released at Pune on 15th June 2016 in the auspicious presence of Pujya Shri Arun Vijay Ji Maharaj Sa.