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Deeksha Bhoomi

Deeksha Bhoomi is also known as Dhamma Chakra Stupa which is a holy monument located in Nagpur. It took 23 years to complete the structure, and on 18th December 2001, it was dedicated to the public by President Dr K R Narayanan.

 

Districts/Region

Nagpur District, Maharashtra, India.

History

Dr Ambedkar was born in a Hindu family. He had declared in 1935 that before his death he wanted to abandon the caste system. He had chosen Buddhism. After his declaration, he studied the doctrines of many religious traditions in the world. 
In 1956 Buddhism was 2550 years old so it was a great movement to celebrate it. 14th October was the traditional date of conversion to Buddhism of emperor Ashoka, the great Indian Monarch and patron of Buddhism. The day is celebrated as Ashoka Vijaya Dashmi. Thus on 14th October 1956, Dr Ambedkar and his wife took the oath of Three Jewels and Five precepts from the Burmese monk Mahasthavir Chandram from Kushinagar. Dr Ambedkar then took the oath of Three Jewels, five precepts  and 22 vows to his thousand of followers
Dr Ambedkar died on 6th December, one and half months after the ceremony. However, it has continued till now. The committee had decided to build a stupa at the mass conversion of people of Buddhism, to commemorate the event. Arya Bhadant Surai Sasai is the president of the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Deekshabhoomi Memorial committee, Nagpur. 
This event is considered a landmark in the Social reform movement which Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar had initiated.

Geography

Deeksha Bhoomi is some 5 km South-West of Nagpur city.

Weather/Climate

The region is mostly dry throughout the year, and Summers are extreme. The temperatures in summers are around  30-40 degrees Celsius.
Winters here came to be as low as 10 degrees Celsius.
The average annual rainfall in this region is around 1064.1 mm.

Things to do

Deeksha Bhoomi is known for its architecture and a detailed tour gives insight into Buddhism, history and social aspects. One can spend three hours exploring the complete monument.
Apart from the Deeksha Bhoomi, one can explore Nagpur city and the places around it.

Nearest tourist places

●    Religious site be it: Telankhedi Hanuman Temple 10min (4.9 KM). Telankhedi Shiv Temple 9 min (4.7 KM). 
●    Historical Sites: Sitabuldi Fort 7min (3.5 KM). 
●    Theme Parks: Kasturchand Park. 8min (4.1 KM). Futala Lake 9 min (5.2 KM).

Special food speciality and hotel

All Maharashtrian cuisine can be found here. Nagpur is popular for its essence and richness of species. The dishes included Pohe, Pitla Bhakri, Sabudana Khichdi, Stuffed Eggplant, Sandage, Koshimbir Spicy Chicken, Zunka Bhakar.

Accommodation facilities nearby & Hotel/ Hospital/Post Office/Police station

Various accommodation facilities are available such as. 
●    Nearest hospital available is Smruti Trust  Hospital. (1.6 KM) 
●    Nearest police station available in Nagpur is Nagar Police Station. (0.4 KM)

Visiting Rule and Time, Best month to visit

The best time to visit Deeksha Bhoomi is on Ambedkar Jayanti and Buddha Poornima. 
December to January are the best months to visit the place. 
No fees are required to enter. 
It is open all day long.

Language spoken in area 

English, Hindi, Marathi