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Vessantara leaving his kingdom for the hermitage

Celebrating Visakha Puja Day.

Vishaka or Vesakha Day  is  remembered as the Buddha’s life as it commemorates the birth, enlightenment (nirvana) and death (parinirvana) of the Buddha. In Theravada Buddhist countries, it falls on a full moon day (Uposatha day) in the fifth or sixth lunar month. In 1950, at the First Conference of the Fellowship of Buddhists held in Sri Lanka in 1950, a consensus was reached to celebrate Buddha’s birthday on the full moon day in the month of May every year and to declare this day a public holiday. 

Stamp  shows Vessantara leaving his kingdom for the hermitage on a chariot and two men asking him for the gift of his chariot. Vessantara is shown pouring water on the kneeling man’s hand, symbolic of his having given him the gift that the kneeling man has asked for.

Issued Country Thailand
Issued Year 10.05.1998
Category Buddhist Arts Buddhist Story Buddhist Festival
Type Maximum Card
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