Monday, September 28, 2009

Buddham Saranam Gacchāmi

Today is VijayaDashmi, the day of great joy and celebrations for the Indians. The Hindu population of India celebrates this day for some mythologic reasons, but we, the Buddhists in India, celebrate this day with a more strong and more historic reason. This is the day of resurrection of Buddhism in India after hundreds of years of suppression. On this day in 1956 (October 14, 1956 according to Gregorian calendar), Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar embraced Buddhism with his millions of followers at Deekshabhoomi, Nagpur.

Thousands of people visit Deekshabhoomi every year on this day from what distant states and unknown regions to pay tribute to that great man. Let us join them. They are the part of us. Let us say from the deep of our heart: Buddham Saranam Gacchāmi.

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