Chaitya Bhoomi : The memorial of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar

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Chaitya Bhoomi When Dr Bheem Rao Ambedkar died on 6 December 1956 in Delhi, Dadar Chowpati of Bombay (now Mumbai) was picked as the venue for his cremation. The funeral witnessed the second largest turnout in the history of Mumbai after Sardar Patel’s in 1950. The place is now known as Chaitya Bhoomi. Chaitya Bhoomi is a reverred place of pilgrimage for the Buddhists in India. The Chaitya Bhoomi memorial was inaugurated by his daughter-in-law, Meera Ambedkar, on 5 December 1971. The Chaitya Bhoomi, one of the most revered places for Ambedkar's followers, consists of a memorial of the tall leader. Dr BR Ambedkar memorial was approved as 'A' class pilgrimage and tourist destination status for Chaitya Bhoomi by the Maharashtra government in 2016. The structure is square in shape with a small dome divided into ground and mezzanine floors. In the square shaped structure is a circular wall 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. A large number of people from all over the country visit Chaitya Bhoomi every year on December 6th to offer respects and pay homage to Dr Ambedkar.

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