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2022 Vijay Vallabh Surishwer 1v Stamp

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Commemorative Postage stamp on Vijay Vallabh Surishwer

Jainism is one of the ancient religions of India and is an integral part of Indian culture. Jainism teaches that the path to enlightenment is through nonviolence and reducing harm to living things (including plants and animals) as much as possible.

The life of Vijay Vallabh Surishwer is an example of humanism and spiritualism. He was born at Vadodara on 26 October 1870 to Deepachand Icchabai. In search of peace and salvation of the soul, he studied under his holiness Jain Acharya Shree Vijayanand Suriji, popularly known as Guru Atmaramji, a highly venerated Saint and a profound scholar of Jainism. Chhagan (his childhood name) entered monkhood, renouncing worldly life in 1887 at Radhanpur (Gujarat).

He was christened as Muni Vallabh Vijay. Guru Atmaramji taught Vijay Vallabh, the Jain philosophy propounded by Lord Mahavir viz Ahimsa (non-violence), Anekant (non-absolutism), Aparigraha (non-possessiveness). Vijay Vallabh also mastered the study of contemporary religions. His Guru ordained  Vijay Vallabh to set up, not only places of worship but also educational institutions and service centres which would help both men and women to understand religion in its true perspective. True to his Guru, Vijay Vallabh worked for the welfare of society irrespective of caste, class and creed. He initiated various programmes to eradicate ignorance, superstition and illiteracy. His humane approach, scientific outlook and practical life endeared him to the masses. He was bestowed with Acharyaship in 1924 at Lahore (now in Pakistan).

This visionary Saint, realizing the prime needs of the society emphasized giving moral and righteous education to improve the standard of life. He laid special emphasis on the education of women. He motivated the society to establish a large number of schools, colleges, gurukuls, libraries and centres of craft and learning in many parts of the country. Opening of Shri Mahavira Jain Vidyalaya in Mumbai as far back as 1915 and its subsequent branches, Shri Atmanand Jain Gurukul at Gujranwala and Shri Atmanand Jain College at Ambala are just but a few of the glorious examples. Vijay Vallabh was an exponent of research work.

He became instrumental in collecting and preserving thousands of volumes of priceless handwritten manuscripts and published works on Indology at Shri Mahavira Jain Vidyalaya, Mumbai and Jain Gurukul Gujranwala and other libraries as valuable storehouses of knowledge and cultural heritage. He advised to marshal the existing knowledge within the framework of modern research.

Vijay Vallabh aroused people from slumber wherever he went during the freedom movement. Identifying himself with the freedom struggle, he wore khadi throughout his life. He was a patriot to the core. Swadeshi found an echo in his speeches. Vijay Vallabh strongly deprecated displays of wealth and extravagance on social occasions, dowry and other evils. Though born in Gujarat, he always promoted Hindi as the national language. He was a renowned orator, author and poet. In addition to several works in prose, he wrote about 4000 poems, songs and hymns in Hindi, rich both in language and content. Vijay Vallabh came into contact with great patriots of the nation like Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Motilal Nehru, Shri Morarji Desai, Lala Lajpat Rai, Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya and other stalwarts of the freedom movement and luminaries of pre and post-independence era. He supported Satyagraha and non-cooperation as potent yet non-violent tools to achieve independence. His formula for World peace was highly appreciated by Shri Morarji Desai and the then Prime Minister Shri Jawahar Lal Nehru.

For the all-round development of the society, he had, in fact, made Shiksha (education), Seva (service), Sangathan (unity), Sahitya (literature) and Swavlamban (self-reliance) as his creed and mission of life. Vijay Vallabh breathed his last in Mumbai in September 1954 where a Samadhi Mandir has been built in Byculla. A multifaceted grand memorial was later constructed at Delhi comprising of a Jain Temple, Guru Mandir, Research Institute, School, Museum of Jain Art, Birds Hospital and matching infrastructure, which apart from being a sacred devotional centre also works for taking Guru Vallabh’s Mission further. India Post issued a postage stamp to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Acharya Vijay Vallabh Surishwer.

 

Technical Details:

Denomination of Stamp:  500p
Stamps Printed:  451600
Printing Process:  Wet offset 
Printer:  Security Printing Press, Hyderabad

Courtesy: India Post

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