'Chaityabhoomi' is situated in Mumbai is the cremation ground of Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, the renowned and respected Babasaheb Ambedkar. The presence of Lord Buddha along with Dr Ambedkar shows a unique blend of people's devotion and adherence.
Dadar, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
On the scenic Dadar Shore, the memorial of a prominent figure in itself is a place one must visit. Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar was the chief architect of the Indian Constitution, an economist, a lawyer, a philosopher and very importantly a social reformer.
Located in Dadar (Mumbai), the Chaityabhoomi Memorial was inaugurated in December 1971 on his 15th death anniversary. Each year on the 6th December, the memorial sees groups of devotees and followers flooding in huge numbers from different parts of the country on the occasion of his death anniversary.
The present building is two storeys constructed over the cremation place. It is in the shape of a Stupa, depicting Babasaheb embracing Buddhism. His ashes, the main relic of Chaityabhoomi, is in a small square-shaped room on the ground floor. Sculptures and portraits of Ambedkar and Lord Buddha, forever decorated in flowers and garlands, are a divine sight to his followers. The second floor is a white marble rounded shape dome with a symbolic umbrella on the top and is a resting place for Bhikkhus (Buddhist monks). This hall is surrounded by a square-shaped railing. One of the amazing features at the memorial is the placement of Torana gateways to the North and South of the Stupa, finely decorated with reliefs of animals, flowers and people, along with a Dharmachakra at the top showing the symbolization of Buddhist teachings. There is a replica of the Ashoka Pillar made in the memorial.
Chaityabhoomi is in Dadar (Mumbai) near the Dadar Chowpatty.
The prominent weather in the region is rainfall, the Konkan belt experiences High Rainfall (ranges around 2500 mm to 4500 mm), and the climate remains Humid and warm. The temperature reaches up to 30 degrees Celsius during this season.
Summers are hot and humid, and the temperature touches 40 degrees Celsius.
Winters in the region have a comparatively milder climate (around 28 degrees Celsius), and the weather remains Cool and Dry.
Things to do
Apart from paying homage to the memorial of Dr Ambedkar, one can visit:
The souvenir shops sell calendars depicting the story of Ambedkar and Lord Buddha.
Shops selling small figures of Lord Buddha and Dr Ambedkar.
If a person is visiting on the 6th of December, then he/she can enjoy an entire open-air festival.
Nearby local markets are known as shoppers delight.
Nearest tourist places
Being located in a prime location, the Chaityabhoomi is surrounded by several tourist destinations :
- The Dadar Chowpatty - 2 minutes walk from chaityabhoomi.
- Shree Siddhivinayak Temple - 2.2 KM from chaityabhoomi.
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Park - 1.2 KM from chaityabhoomi.
- Haji Ali Dargah- 7.4 KM from chaityabhoomi.
- Bandstand - 6.1 KM from chaityabhoomi.
Special food speciality and hotel
Authentic Maharashtrian food, mouth-watering street food of Mumbai as well as International cuisine at an affordable price is easily available.
Accommodation facilities nearby & Hotel/ Hospital/Post Office/Police station
Accommodation facilities suiting everyone's pocket providing good services are in abundance. Other basic necessities and emergency services are in nearby reach.
Visiting Rule and Time, Best month to visit
The Chaityabhoomi is open for visitors throughout the day.
Language spoken in area
English, Hindi, Marathi