Srinagar: A special cover with special cancellation on ‘Swami Vivekananda’s visit to Kashmir’ was released here on National Youth Day 2019.
According to a statement, Swami Vivekananda visited Kashmir twice, first time on September 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 place of the Maharaja. The Swami left Srinagar for Baramulla and reached Murree on October 8 and from there to Rawalpindi on October 16, 1897,” it said.
The second time, it said, Swami 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, Khir Bhavani, Achabal Garden, Dal Lake, Awantipura, Martand, Bijbehara etc. Swami left Kashmir on October 11 and came back to Lahore. He reached Belur Math on October 18, 1898,” the statement said.
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), Jammu and Kashmir Circle in a function organized by Mission authorities.