Deekshabhoomi

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Overview

Deekshabhoomi is situated in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. Deeksha Bhoomi is a very important place for the Buddhists and attracts a large number of tourists from all over the world. This holy place is also  home to one of the main stupas of the Buddhists. Deekshabhoomi is a sacred monument of Buddhism in Nagpur the City of Oranges. Deekshabhoomi is a place where Dr.Baba Saheb Ambedkar converted into Buddhism and so did his thousands of followers. This conversion of religion took place on October 14th 1956. In the present scenario thousands of people come to Deekshabhoomi and convert into Buddhism. The name Deekshabhoomi has been derived from two words Deeksha, which in Sanskrit means acceptance of religion and Bhoomi, which means Land, so the meaning of Deekshabhoomi is – the land where people willingly accept other religion.
 
Ambedkar had declared in 1935 that although he was born as a Hindu he would not die as one, as conversion was the solution to abandon the caste system. After this declaration, he extensively studied the doctrines of all the major religions to choose Buddhism for himself and his followers.
 
Buddhism was 2,550 years old in 1956, so it was notable year for global celebration and 14 October was the traditional date of conversion of greatest Buddhist King, Ashoka Maurya, the celebration of Ashok Vijaya Dashmi.He selected Nagpur for his conversion ceremony, as he explained in his speech at that occasion, because Nagpur was the homeland of 'Nag' people who embraced Buddhism, supported it with great efforts in its early period, and propagated it throughout India.Ground near the Ramdaspeth area in Nagpur was selected for the ceremony.
 
On 14 October 1956, Ambedkar and his wife took the oath of Three Jewels and Five Precepts from the Burmese monk Mahasthavir Chandramani from Kushinagar. Ambedkar then gave the oath of Three Jewels, Five Precepts, and 22 Vows to his thousands of followers. In this way, Nagpur became the birthplace of Neo Buddhist movement.
 
Ambedkar died on 6 December 1956, one and a half months after the Deeksha ceremony. However, this ceremonial conversion continued after his death, converting 15-20 million by March 1959. After his death the 'Dr. Ambedkar Smarak Samiti' was organized for the management of Deekshabhoomi. The committee decided to build a stupa at the place as a monument of that ceremony and a mass conversion of people to Buddhism.
 
The inner circular hall is spread across 4000 square feet with granites, marbles and Dholpur sandstone used in its construction.
 
Stupa : Design of the stupa at Deekshabhoomi is based upon the architecture of the world famous stupa of Sanchi. But unlike the stupa of Sanchi, Deekshabhoomi stupa is completely hollow from inside. It is the largest hollow stupa among all Buddhist . Stupas in the world. At the ground floor, there is a 211 x 211 feet large square hall. At the centre of this hall, an idol of Buddha is placed. This idol was donated to Deekshabhoomi by Thai students learning in the university of Nagpur. There is also 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 the four directions of the dome, fountains are there. Above the dome, there is a small slab and a little decorative umbrella. A high quality marble from Dholpur, Rajasthan is used for the flooring of the stupa. The stupa has doors on four directions. The doors open in large arcs, which are decorated with Ashok Chakras, and statues of horses, elephants, and lions, which gives an ancient look.
 
Around the stupa, there is a garden which is maintained by Nagpur Improvement Trust. Statues of Dr. Ambedkar and idols Gautama Buddha are situated in front of the stupa.
 
Vihar and the Bodhi Tree : In front of the stupa, on the right hand side, there is a Buddha Vihara with a bronze idol of lord Buddha. Facilities are also made there for the bhikkhus to live. Besides the Vihara, there is the Bodhi Tree, which is a sacred fig tree. This Bodhi Tree was planted at Deekshabhoomi from three branches of the Bodhi Tree at Anuradhapuram in Srilanka. Bhadant Anand Kausalyayan had brought these branches from Srilanka as the memoir of Buddhas enlightenment.
 
Best time to visit: Octobet to November
 
Temple Timing: 12.00 to 6.00pm, Deekshabhoomi is open throughout the year to everyone.
 
How to Reach,
Nearest Railway Station: Nagpur Jn.
Given below is the details about Train Number 11046, DIKSHABHUMI EXPRESS operating service between Dhanbad Junction and Kolhapur CSTM stations.
 
Nearest Airport: Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport
 
 

Location

Country
India
State
Maharashtra
City
Nagpur
Location
Abhyankar Nagar
Address
Deekshabhoomi, 24, Laxmi Pooja Apartment, S Ambazari Rd, Abhyankar Nagar, Nagpur, Maharashtra 440020
Contact Info
Phone: 097010 04996
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Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Deekshabhoomi
Nearest Railway Station
Nagpur Jn (NGP)
Nearest Airport
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport
IN
latitude : 21.092199330 longitude :79.047203060
Corporation : Naqpur
GPS Code : VANP
Open Year
December 18, 2001
Architect
Stupa
Visiting Hours
12.00 to 6.00pm, Deekshabhoomi is open throughout the year to everyone

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