Saturday, May 25

Chaitya Bhoomi | A Buddhist Chaitya

Chaitya Bhoomi is a Buddhist chaitya and the cremation spot of B. R. Ambedkar, the primary architect of the Indian Constitution.
It is situated beside Dadar Chowpatty (beach), Mumbai.

Chaitya is a special place of pilgrimage for Ambedkar’s followers, who arrive in millions yearly on his death anniversary (Mahaparinirvan Diwas) on 6 December.

Chaitya Bhoomi
Source: Mumbailive

The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, the Minister, The Governor, and many other politicians respect Ambedkar each year on 6 December in Chaitya Bhoomi.

Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, has also visited. Bhoomi features a memorial to Ambedkar and has been classified as an A-class tourism and pilgrimage destination by the Government of Maharashtra.

Formation Of Chaitya Bhoomi

The construction is square with a tiny dome separated into ground and mezzanine floors. In the square-shaped building is a circular wall around 1.5 meters in height.

In the circular space are put the bust of Ambedkar and a statue of Gautam Buddha. The circular wall has two entrances and is adorned with marble flooring.

On the mezzanine floors, there is a Stupa beyond the resting space for Bhikkhus. The main entry gate of the Chaitya Bhoomi is a replica of the Gate of the Stupa of Sanchi. In contrast, inside, an image of Ashoka Pillar is created.

The Chaitya Bhoomi was launched by Meerabai Yashvant Ambedkar, the daughter-in-law of B. R. Ambedkar, on 5 December 1971.

Here, the relics of Ambedkar are enshrined. In 2012, the Central Government headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh authorized the handover of the Indu Mills site to the Maharashtra Government for creating a monument.

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