December 6 marks the death anniversary of India's revered political leader, Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar. Dr Balasaheb Ambedkar, had made one of the greatest contribution to India by drafting the Indian constitution. He also immensely contributed to India’s independence struggle and in its reforms post-independence. Dr BR Ambedkar’s death anniversary is observed as ‘Mahaparinirvan Divas' across the country. If you are looking for the Dr BR Ambedkar’s death anniversary date, why is his death called ‘Mahaparinirvan Diwas’ among other things, then you have landed on the right article. We tell all you need to know about Dr BR Ambedkar’s death anniversary and other important things related to his life. Facts to Know About BR Ambedkar — The Architect of Indian Constitution.
History and date of Dr BR Ambedkar’s Death Anniversary 2019, also known as Mahaparinirvan Diwas:
Dr BR Ambedkar’s died on December 6, 1956, aged only 65. It will be Dr BR Ambedkar’s 63rd death anniversary, this year. His death anniversary is observed as Mahaparinirvan Diwas across India.
But what is Mahaparinirvan? What is the story behind Dr BR Ambedkar’s Mahaparinirvan Diwas?
The concept of ‘Parinirvan’ is considered to be the major principles of Buddhism. It is a Sanskrit word, which when roughly translated; it means ‘Nirvana after Death’. It refers to how a body achieves nirvana after the individual’s passing away. As per the Buddhist text, i.e. Mahaparinibbana Sutta, the death of Lord Buddha at the age of 80 is considered as the original Mahaparinirvan.
Now, Dr BR Ambedkar passed away a few days after his (last) work, i.e. The Buddha and his Dhamma after converting to the religion only a couple of months ago, with over 5,00,000 followers. Dr BR Ambedkar’s followers and supporters were so influenced by his teachings that they considered him as their influential guru. Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanti Quotes: Memorable Slogans From the Immortal Statesman of India.
When he passed away in 1956, on December 6, his followers and supporters likened his death to that of Lord Buddha. It was said that Dr BR Ambedkar was as blessed as, and as influential as Lord Buddha and that his passing away was a sign of Mahaparinirvan, which means, attaining nirvana after death.
What is the significance of Mahaparinirvan Diwas?
The observance of Mahaparinirvan Diwas is one of the most significant days in independent India’s history. The day is celebrated across India, cut across political lines, to commemorate the death of Dr BR Ambedkar himself. Dr BR Ambedkar is also regarded as the chief architect of the Indian constitution. Balasaheb Ambedkar is also called as the founding father of the Republic of India. In 1990, he was awarded the Bharat Ratna by the Indian government.
The day celebrates the achievements of BR Ambedkar in his illustrious career. Celebrating the day makes us recall the hardships, the struggle, and the risk of life the leaders faced back in the day. There’s much more to say, write and tell when it comes to Dr Ambedkar’s legacy as it goes beyond words. As India celebrates the 63rd death anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar on December 6, we at LatestLY thank the leader for his contribution and hope his soul rests in peace.