JAMMU, Jan 12: A Special Cover with Special Cancellation was released on ‘Swami Vivekananda’s visit to Kashmir at Sri Ramakrishna Mission in Srinagar.
January 12 coincides with the 156th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda and National Youth Day 2019.
A handout claimed that Swami Vivekananda visited Kashmir twice. The first time he reached Srinagar was on Sept 10, 1897. At Srinagar he was the guest of Justice Rishibar Mukhopadhyaya. On the third day after his arrival he paid an informal visit to the palace of Maharaja.
Swami Ji left Srinagar for Baramulla and reached Murree on October 8 and from there to Rawalpindi on October 16, 1897.
Second time Swami Vivekananda had to go to Kashmir via Rawalpindi, Murree and Baramulla in July 1898. During his stay in Srinagar he visited many places which include Amarnath, Kshir Bhavani, Achabal Garden, Dal Lake, Avantipura, Martand, Bijbehara etc. Swami Ji left Kashmir on Oct 11 and came down to Lahore ultimately to reach Belur Math on Oct 18, 1898.
The Special Cover with Special Cancellation was released by Swami Ritatmananda, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, Srinagar in presence of Prof. B.N Kaul, President, Ramakrishna Mission, Srinagar and Chander M. Bhat, Assistant Director Postal Services (Philately), J&K Circle in a grand function organized by Mission authorities.