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Heading to Chaityabhoomi: Pilgrimages of Remembrance

Anna Bochkovskaya;
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  • Published: 01 Apr 2018 Journal: Religions, volume 9, page 111 (eissn: 2077-1444, Copyright policy)
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This article explores individual and collective pilgrimages to the Mumbai-based cremation ground (samādhi) of Bhimrao Ramji (Babasaheb) Ambedkar (1891–1956), a renowned economist and lawyer, academician and philosopher, political leader and social reformer who dedicated his life to the struggle for rights of the untouchables (Dalits) in India. In October 1956, Dr. Ambedkar together with almost half a million of low-caste followers converted to Buddhism. After Babasaheb’s death on 6 December, 1956, his cremation ground became an object of worship for Buddhists and adherents of other religions. In December 1971, on the eve of the 15th year of his demise, the Chait...
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