Ambedkar Jayanti

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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 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]

A Google Doodle was published for Ambedkar's 124th birthday.[4]


  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. ^