- December 6, 2021
- Posted by: OptimizeIAS Team
- Category: DPN Topics
Subject – Art and culture
Context – In the wake of COVID¬19 pandemic and the Omicron variant, the Maharashtra Government has issued guidelines appealing to people not to crowd at Chaitya Bhoomi to pay respects to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar on his death anniversary.
- It is a Buddhist chaitya and the cremation place of B. R. Ambedkar, the chief architect of the Indian Constitution.
- It is situated besides Dadar Chowpatty (beach), Mumbai.
- Chaitya Bhoomi is a revered place of pilgrimage for Ambedkar’s followers, who visit in millions annually on his death anniversary (Mahaparinirvan Diwas) on 6 December.
- Ambedkar’s death anniversary (December 6th) is observed as Mahaparinirvan Din.
- Chaitya Bhoomi hosts a memorial to Ambedkar and has been graded an A-class tourism and pilgrimage site by the Government of Maharashtra.
- The main entrance gate of the Chaitya Bhoomi is replica of the Gate of the Stupa of Sanchi while inside a replica of Ashoka Pillar is made.