Dhammachakra Pravartan Din celebrates to mark the day that Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar converted to Buddhism. This is a very significant day for the Buddhist people. Buddhist are celebrating the day on October 14. Further, this day fills with important celebrations for practicing Buddhists across the country. Various devotees across the country visit Deekshabhomi in Nagpur.
It is crucial observance as, on this day, Dr. Ambedjar and close to 600,000 followers of his have converted to the Buddhism renouncing Hinduism. Today we are celebrating its 64th anniversary. So, here’s everything you need to know about the Dhammachakra Pravartan Din.
When is Dhammachakra Pravartan Din celebrated?
Every year, the day celebrates on October 14. This is because, on October 14, 1056, Dr, Ambedkar, and his followers renounced Hinduism and converted to Buddhism. This move comes with various contemplation and research at the hands of these people. Further, it held immense significance for millions.
History of Dhammachakra Pravartan Din
As we study above that the day is relating to Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar. Ambedkar decides to leave Hinduism early on and studies other religions to understand which now will suit him better. Further, he finally chose Buddhism. He chose ‘a morally sound religion.’
Moreover, he was a staunch opposer of Hinduism. Because he convinces himself that the religion propagates ‘wrong ideals and has a social life of the wrong kind’.
Further, after renouncing Hinduism in the grand ceremony that happened in Nagpur Ambedkar address the event. He said,” by discarding my ancient religion which stood for inequality and oppression, today I am reborn.”
Moreover, Ambedkar has made 22 pledges on the day when he renounced Hinduism. Further, one of which is,” I thereby reject my old religion, Hinduism, which is detrimental to the prosperity of humankind. Moreover, which discriminates between man and man and treats me as inferior.
Further, Ambedkar fought against the caste discrimination against Dalits and wrote extensively against caste in Hinduism. In the inaugural issue of his journey Mooknayak, Ambedkar called the Hindu society a ‘tower’. This means in Hindu society every floor designates to a particular caste. Further, Ambedkar said,” The point worth remembering is that this tower has no staircase. Therefore, there is no way of climbing up or down from one floor to another.”
However, on Dhammachakra Pravartan Din, he left that society and embraced Buddhism. A day later, Babasaheb said,” Even though I was born in the Hindu religion, I will not die in the Hindu religion.”
Significance of the day
The celebrations of the day usually enjoy in a grand manner at Deeksha Bhoomi. Every year on Ashoka Vijaydashmi, millions of Buddhists gather at Deekshabhoomi. This occasion is also chosen by many people who which to practice Buddhism themselves.
So, today also devotees offer prayers at the Dekdshabhoomi in Nagpur. People are celebrating this day and remembering the great legacy of Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar. They gathered at Nagpur. Further, whoever wants to change their religion to Buddhism can change on this occasion.
Maharashtra: Devotees offer prayers at Deekshabhoomi in Nagpur, on the occasion of Dhammachakra Pravartan Diwas
Dhammachakra Pravartan Diwas is a day Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar accepted Buddhism pic.twitter.com/fy3kjb67Yd
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