20 April 2017

Stamp on ‘Deekshabhoomi by India Post

Date of Issue : 14 April 2017

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi  released the commemorative postal stamp on ‘Deekshabhoomi of Dr. Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar’ in Nagpur, at Indoor Sports Complex, Mankapur on April 14, 2017.

Deekshabhoomi is in Nagpur, Maharashtra, a location regarded as a pilgrimage center of Buddhism in India. Millions of pilgrims visit Deekshabhoomi every year,especially on Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Din ("Mass Conversion Ceremony Day") and 14 October, the memorial day when Dr. Ambedkar converted to Buddhism here. Ambedkar's final religious act was to embrace Buddhism. Today, the largest stupa in Asia is erected in his memory at the site.

Deeksha literally means 'act of ordaining' and bhoomi means the 'ground'.Deekshabhoomi means the ground where people got ordained as Buddhist. This religious mass conversion at one place was the first ever of its kind in history. Deekshabhoomi is one of two places of considered to be of great importance in the life of Dr. Ambedkar, the other being Chaitya Bhoomi in Mumbai

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