Remembering the quote said by Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, “I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality, and fraternity” we wish to enlighten you all with a brief history of Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Din and Deekshabhoomi
This is what Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Din means:
Dhamma is a Pali word which means teachings and doctrines of the Buddha. It’s the 2nd gem of the three jewels “Buddha, Dhamma & Sangha”. Whereas, Chakra is considered to be - The wheel of Transformation and The wheel of Law. Pravartan stands for initiation, the operation of law and din means day.
Flipping the pages of History:
Amongst many prominent acts that have happened in India, the act of 14th October 1956 is considered to be one of the prominent turning points of the history of religion. On this date, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar converted to Buddhism along with his 400,000 followers.
In a gathering of Yeola held in the year 1935, he declared,
I may have been considered to be born a Hindu, but I will never die a Hindu!
Why do people congregate in Nagpur?
Every year, on Vijayadashmi- Dussera, people across the country visit Deekshabhhoomi in huge numbers to remember “Babasaheb” and to celebrate the Dhammachakra Pravartan Din.
Nagpur was earlier called as the homeland of “Nag” people who were supposed to be believers of Buddhism. After 21 years of his declaration, he then chose a piece of land near Ramdaspeth in Nagpur for the conversion ceremony to take place.
Translating literally, deeksha in Sanskrit means acceptance of religion and bhumi means land. So, Deekshabhoomi means “The land where people accept another religion”. To break it down in simple words, Deeksha in Buddhism is similar to Baptism in Christianity.
Post- Dhammachakra Pravartan Din:
Every year we witness lakhs of people swarmed in, we also notice the mess and the hampered traffic flow that trails post the celebration. Taking into account that managing such a crowd is not a cakewalk and still the coordinators contribute to do their best, we urge people to not defile the holiness of this divine place. Deeksha Bhoomi being such a sacred place, we feel bad for the people who come here crossing the miles and facing hindrances that are caused by our own act of untidiness.