25-10-2014: Anagarika Dharmapala India Postage Stamp


Anagarika Dharmapala was born on September 17, 1864 in Colombo, Ceylon to Don Carolis Hewawitharana of Hitetiya, Matara, who was a wealthy businessman at the time. Originally named Don David Hewawitharana, he had younger brothers named Dr. Charles Alvis Hewawitharana and Edmund Hewawitharana. He received his education at Christian College, Kote. In 2014, India post department issued postage stamps to commemorate Anagarika Dharmapala’s 150th birth anniversary In 1875, Madame Blavatsky and Colonel Olcott founded the Theosophical Society in New York City. In 1880, Dharmapala arrived in Ceylon and publicly declared himself a Buddhist. 

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