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New Commemorative coin on “Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s visit to Vrindavan”

December 23, 2016 Published by admin

New Commemorative coin on

“Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s visit to Vrindavan”

Union culture secretary Narendra Kumar Sinha released a commemorative of Rs 500 coin and a Rs 10 coin as part of the yearlong celebrations marking the “500th anniversary of Hindu saint and social reformer Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's visit to Vrindavan” on 25th November, 2016.

Union culture secretary Narendra Kumar Sinha released a commemorative of Rs 500 coin and a Rs 10 coin as part of the yearlong celebrations marking the “500th anniversary of Hindu saint and social reformer Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s visit to Vrindavan” on 25th November, 2016.

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Narendra Kumar Sinha, secretary, ministry of culture released the commemorative coins of Rupees 500 and Rupees 10 as the government is commemorating the “500th anniversary of Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s coming to Vrindavan” by organising various programmes and exhibitions on Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s life and teachings in association with Vrindavan Research Institute and ISKCON on 25 November, 2015.

The Denomination of coins is Rupees 500 and Rupees 10 of Proof and UNC sets will be issued for the collectors from the mint. These will be available at a premium price determined by mint for pre- booking. The 10 Rupees coin will be for general circulation.

 

Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, a famous Hindi Saint and social reformer were a distinguished promoter for the Vaishnava School of Bhakti Yoga. The Bhakti movement initiated by him strove to eradicate the evils of caste and feudal systems of medieval India.  Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu propagated the worship of Shri Krishna and popularised the chanting of “Hare Krishna Mantra” to all without any discrimination.

In the year 1515, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is said to have visited Vrindavan, where he and his followers searched for and found all shrines associated with Lord Krishna, thereby mapping all the important places of Shri Krishna’s magical leelas or activities in and around Vrindavan.

A famous Hindu saint and social reformer, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was born in Navadvip, Bengal in the year 1486. A distinguished promoter for the Vaishnava school of Bhakti yoga, Chaitanya propagated the worship of Shri Krishna, popularized the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra as well as composed the eight devotional prayers in Sanskrit named Siksastakam. Also referred by the names of Gaura or Nimai, the followers of Gaudiya Sampradaya revered him as an avatar of Lord Krishna Himself. Chaitanya is said to have spent his final years in Puri, Orissa.

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Details of coins:

Mint     : India Government Mint, Kolkata (A Unit of Security Printing & Minting Corporation of India Ltd.)

Denomination: Rs.500

Weight                         : 35 gms

Shape                          : Circular

Size diameter  : 44 mm

Composition    : Quaternary alloy: Silver 50 %, Copper 40 %, Nickel 5 % & Zinc 5 %

 

Denomination  : Rs.10 (Bi-metallic)

Weight                         : 7.71gms

Shape                          : Circular

Size dia           : 27 mm

Composition    : Outer ring metal composition:Aluminium Bronze (Copper- 92%, Aluminium- 6%, Nickel- 2%),

                        Centre piece metal composition:Cupro Nickel (Copper- 75%, Nickel- 25%)

Ref.:      Indian Government Mint, Kolkata