Annual Long March of Indian Buddhists reach Deekshabhoomi

Lanka Everything, 27th September 2009

Deekshabhoomi, India -- Deekshabhoomi is a sacred monument of Buddhism at the place where Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar was converted to Buddhism along with thousands of his followers on October 14, 1956. Dr. Ambedkar's conversion to Buddhism is still a guidance for the masses in India.

Deekshabhoomi is situated in Nagpur, India, a location regarded as a pilgrimage center of Buddhism in India. Thousands of pilgrims visit Deekshabhoomi every year, especially on Ashok Vijaya Dashmi or the Dhamma Chakka Pavaththana day. A great stupa is built at that place.

Deeksha literally means acceptance of religion. Deeksha is to Buddhism as Baptism is to Christanity. Bhoomi means land. So, literally Deekshabhoomi means the land where people get converted to Buddhism. Deekshabhoomi is one of the two places of great importance in the life of Dr. Ambedkar, another being Chaityabhoomi at Mumbai.

Deekshabhoomi is famous for its architectural beauty and historical importance. It is also one of the main centers of tourism in India. Eminent Buddhist Personalities Dr. Milind Jiwane and Mr Amar Ramteke, Mr Ashok Kolhatkar, Ravi Pothare organized this year’s event.