Ambedkar Jayanti

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Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanti
Ambedkar Jayanti Procession.png
Ambedkar Jayanti Procession at Chaitya Bhoomi
Observed by India
Type Secular; birth anniversary of B. R. Ambedkar
Date 14 April
Frequency Annual
Related to Ashok Vijaya Dashmi

Ambedkar Jayanti or Bhim Jayanti is an annual festival observed on 14 April to commemorate the memory of B. R. Ambedkar.[1] It marks Ambedkar's birthday in 1891 and is a public holiday throughout India. It has been declared as public holiday under the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, on 19th March 2015, by Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions,[2] Government of India.

It is a customary for senior national figures, such as the President, Prime Minister and leaders of major political parties, to pay homage at the statue of Ambedkar at the Parliament of India in New Delhi. It is celebrated throughout the world especially by Dalits who embraced Buddhism after his example. In India, large numbers of people visit local statues commemorating Ambedkar in procession with lot of fanfare.[3] Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti is celebrated not only in India but also in abroad; significantly in United Kingdom, United States etc. [4]

A Google Doodle was published for Ambedkar's 124th birthday.[5][6] [7]

Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti is such a big event in India that Dr. Ambedkar topped on Google Search and Twitter Trends on 14th April, 2015. [8]

In 2016, Dr. Ambedkar's Jayanti will be celebrated at United Nations. A few Dalits raised some questions about it. [9]


  1. ^ Ambedkar Jayanti from on 19th March 2015
  2. ^ Webpage of Ministry of Personnel and Public Grievance & Pension
  3. ^ Shastree, Uttara (1996). Religious Converts in India: Socio-political Study of Neo-Buddhists. Mittal Publications. ISBN 978-81-7099-629-3. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  4. ^ Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Jayanti Celebration at Wolverhampton (United Kingdom)
  5. ^ "B.R. Ambedkar, a hero of India's independence movement, honoured by Google Doodle". The Telegraph. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "Google doodle marks Dr BR Ambedkar's 124th birthday". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  7. ^ Google Honored Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar with Google Doodle
  8. ^ When Dr. Ambedkar topped on Google Search and Twitter Trends
  9. ^ United Nations to celebrate Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s Jayanti but at what cost?