India, China release joint stamps on sidelines of foreign ministers’ meeting in Beijing

June 5th, 2008 - 8:38 pm ICT by ANI  

Bodh Gaya

Beijing, June 5 (ANI): Postal departments of India and China today released a special commemorative stamp on the theme of ancient Buddhist architecture at the picturesque Diaoyuti State Guest House, the venue of talks between visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi.
The stamp issued by the Chinese postal department depicts the White Horse Temple at Lupyang in Henan Province, whereas Indian stamp has the Mahabodhi Temple of Bodh Gaya in Bihar, India, where Lord Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment.over 2,500 years ago.
The White Horse temple depicted in the Chinese stamp has a historical significance. It is believed that in the year 64 of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220), Emperor Ming sent a delegation of his men to study Buddhism in the western world. After three years two eminent Indian monks , She Moteng and Zhu Falan came back with the delegation. They brought with them a white horse carrying Buddhist sutras and Buddhist figures on its back. It was the first time, Buddhism appeared in China. The emperor built a monastery as an act of thanks to the two monks.
Chief of the Indian Postal Department, Mr. Singh said: “The leaves of the Bodhi tree from the background of stamp is designed jointly after a great deal of hard work of the artists and Philatelic administrations of the two administrations.
His counterpart at China Post, Lin Angdong said: The posts released by the two countries captures the two greatest civilizations of the world. (ANI)

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