If you are follower of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar then you don’t need any introduction about Chaitya Bhoomi.
Chaitya Bhoomi is a reverred place of pilgrimage for the Buddhists in India.
Chaitya Bhoomi is a memorial dedicated to Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, the Chief architect of Indian Constitution. Chaitya Bhoomi is located at Dadar Chowpatty, the place where Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar was cremated on 7th December 1956 after he died on 6th December 1956 at his house in New Delhi.
In Buddhism, Chaitya means a shrine or prayer hall whie the word Bhumi means land. Hence it is the place where followers of Ambedkar, come to pay their respect to the person whom they consider their god.
The place was earlier known as Dadar Chowpatty but it began to be known as Chaitya Bhoomi after Babasaheb Ambedkar was cremated here.
Every year on occasion of death anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar (Mahaparinirvan Din), lakhs of people from all parts of the nation come to Chaitya Bhoomi to pay homage to this great leader.
Originally this place was known as Seth Bhagoji Baloji Kir Crematorium.
Chaitya Bhoomi Structure :
The structure of the Chaitya Bhoomi, the place where Babasaheb Ambedkar was cremated is square in shape with a small dome divided into ground and mezzanine floors. In this square shaped structure there is a circular wall of about 1.5 metres in height. In the circular area are placed the bust of Dr. B. R. alias Babasaheb Ambedkar and a statue of Gautam Buddha. The circular wall has two entrances and is furnished with marble flooring.
On the mezzanine floor there is a Stupa, besides the resting place for Bhikkhus
The main entrance gate of the Chaitya Bhoomi is replica of the Gate of the Stupa of Sanchi while inside a replica of Ashoka Pillar is made.
The Chaity Bhoomi Smarak (Memorial) was inaugurated Smt. Meerabai Yashvantrao Ambedkar, the daughter-in-law of B. R. Ambedkar, on December 5, 1971.
Chaitya Bhoomi Google Map :
Chaitya Bhoomi Address :
Address : D Mandir Road, Dadar West, Dadar, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400028
Chaitya Bhoomi is located at a distance of around 3 kms (1.9 miles) from the Dadar Railway Station and it takes around 5 to 10 minutes of travel time via car and bus.