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16th May 1978

Rock Carvings at Borobudur Temple, Indonesia

Borobudur is a 9th century Mahayana Buddhist Temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The monument consists of nine stacked platforms, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome. The temple is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. The central dome is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues, each seated inside a perforated stupa. It is the world's largest Buddhist temple, as well as one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world.

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Rock Carvings at Borobudur Temple, Indonesia
Prince Siddartha's Great Renunciation and Prince Siddartha shaving his head
Most Venerable Narada Maha Thera (1898-1983) The rediscovery and reconstruction of Borobudur has been hailed by Indonesian Buddhist as the sign of the Buddhist revival in Indonesia. In 1934, Narada Thera, a missionary monk from Sri Lanka, visited Indonesia for the first time as part of his journey to spread the Dharma in Southeast Asia. This opportunity was used by a few local Buddhists to revive Buddhism in Indonesia. A bodhi tree planting ceremony was held in Southeastern side of Borobudur on 10th March 1934 under the blessing of Narada Thera, and some Upasakas were ordained as monks. Once a year, thousands of Buddhist from Indonesia and neighboring countries flock to Borobudur to commemorate national Vesak ceremony.

The Venerable Narada Maha Thera, born Sumanapala Perera (14 July 1898 2 October 1983) was a Theravadan Buddhist monk and translator, the Superior of Vajirarama Temple in Colombo. He was a popular figure in his native country, Sri Lanka, and beyond. 1934 he visited Indonesia, the first Theravadan monk to do so in more than 450 years.
Sri Lanka issued its 1978 Vesak stamps depicting the rock carvings at Borobudur Temple on 16th May 1978. Two stamps were designed by P. Wanigatunga in the size of 39*24.5 mm each for the denomination of 0.15 Cents and 0.50 Cents.

Sri Lanka Stamps 1978 Vesak - Rock Carvings at Borobudur Temple, Indonesia

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