Nagpur: Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar converted to Buddhism on October 14, which is observed and celebrated all over Maharashtra. At Nagpur city, all the statues of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar wore a decked up look. Many leaders of Buddhism were seen garlanding the statues in the city on October 14, 2014.
Millions of pilgrims visit Deekshabhoomi every year, especially on Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Din (Mass Conversion Ceremony Day) and on 14 October, the Memorial Day when Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar converted to Buddhism.
The Deekshabhoomi was spruced up for the occasion and wore a very festive look.
Large numbers of people were seen visiting Babasaheb’s statue at the Deekshabhoomi in processions, families, and youngsters with lot of fanfare of dhol, tasha, dance etc. throughout the day.
The devotees of Buddhism visited the shrine at Deekshabhoomi. Outside the premises, many shops selling literature, posters, idols and statues (made of copper and bronze), curios, chains, dollars, etc.
The devotees dressed in white apparel were seen visiting the premise with devotion, enthusiasm and zeal.
Some of the devotees had also gathered in a big circle and were seen singing devotional songs.
Many rallies were taken out by different groups of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s followers at various places in the city.