If you are follower of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar then you i am sure don’t need any introduction about Deeksha Bhoomi.
Deeksha Bhoomi is a sacred monument of Buddhism located in Nagpur, Maharashtra. It is the place where Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, the Chief architect of Indian Constitution along with around 600,000 Dalit followers broke the shackles of Hindu religion and converted to Buddhism on Ashok Vijaya Dashami i.e., 14th October 1956.
This day is celebrated as Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Din and every year thousands of Dalits throng Deeksha Bhoomi in Nagpur to pay tribute to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar.
The Deeksha Bhoomi today houses the biggest stupa in Asia, erected in the memory of Dr. Ambedkar.
Not only Dalits from all over India visit this venue, but it is an important Tourist destination in India receiving foreign tourists mainly from the Buddhist countries such as Japan and Thailand.
Dr. Ambedkar’s Deeksha Ceremony :
On 14 October 1956, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and his wife took the oath of Three Jewels and Five Precepts from the Burmese monk Mahasthavir Chandramani from Kushinagar to get converted to Buddhism.
Soon later, Dr Ambedkar gave the oath of Three Jewels, Five Precepts, and 22 Vows to his around 600,000 dalit followers who had gathered there and converted them to Buddhism.
Deeksha Bhoomi Structure :
Deeksha Bhoomi is spread over an area of around four acres and it houses Asia’s largest stupa designed by architect Sheo Dan Mal. The stupa was inaugurated on 18 December 2001 by the President of India K. R. Narayanan.
The stupa comprises a large two storied hemispherical building with gates resembling a Sanchi gate. The inner circular hall of the stupa is spread across 4000 square feet with granite, marble and Dholpur sandstone used in its construction.
On the ground floor, there is a 211 x 211 feet large square hall. At the center of this hall, an image of Buddha is placed. The stupa also houses a library and a photo exhibition of the events in the lives of Gautama Buddha and Dr. Ambedkar.
Above the hall, there is a hollow dome. This dome is surrounded by a veranda. On all four sides, fountains are placed. Above the dome, there is a small slab and a little decorative umbrella. The stupa has doors facing four directions. The doors open in large arcs, which are decorated with Ashok Chakras, and statues of horses, elephants, and lions.
Around the stupa, there is a garden that is maintained by the Nagpur Improvement Trust. Statues of Dr. Ambedkar and images of Gautama Buddha are in front of the stupa.
In front of the stupa, on the right hand side, there is a Buddha Vihara. Besides the Vihara, there is the Bodhi Tree: a sacred fig tree which was planted at Deekshabhoomi from three branches of the Bodhi Tree at Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka.
Deeksha Bhoomi Google Map :
Deeksha Bhoomi Address :
Address : S Ambazari Rd, Nagpur, Maharashtra 440010
Deekshabhoomi is located at a distance of around 6 kms (3.7 miles) from the Nagpur Railway Station and it takes around 5 to 10 minutes of travel time via car and bus.