Gadchiroli Sept. 18 (District Correspondent) Suryaputra Bhaiyyasaheb Ambedkar was a great leader who played very important role in the spread of Buddhism in India after the sad demise of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar. His legacy needs to be carried forward with the same spirit, said Mr. Tularam Raut, District President of the Buddhist Society of India.
He was speaking at the death anniversary of Bhaiyyasaheb Ambedkar organized by the BSI and Vishakha Mahila Mandal at Samyak Budha Vihara, Gokulnagar on Saturday.
Mr. Raut further said that Bhaiyyasaheb was a multifaceted personality. Besides strengthening the Buddhist Society of India, he also worked for the unity of the Republican leaders. It was because of his initiative that the Chaitya Bhumi was created in Mumbai where lakhs of people assemble every year to pay their respects to Babasaheb.
Bhaiyyasaheb firmly believed that human welfare can be achieved by way of the teachings of Buddha and campaigned for the Buddhism all over the country by taking out a huge rally. ‘Bouddhacharya’ is also his own concept through which he created the well-trained team of Dhamma propagators, Raut told.
Though a son of great personality like Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, Bhaiyyasaheb lived very simple life and devoted his time and energy for the welfare of the society till the end. To carry on his work will be the real tribute to this selfless leader, he added.
A Buddha Vandana was recited and portraits of Lord Buddha, Dr. Babasaheb and Bhaiyyasaheb Ambedkar were garlanded. The members of Vishakha Mahila Mandal and Samyak Samaj Samiti took pains for the programme.
Similar programmes were organized by the Buddhist Society of India at different Buddha Viharas of the city. Prof. Gautam Dange, General Secretary of the District unit delivered lecture at Shrawasti Buddha vihara, Sonapur Complex, Mr. Balkrishna Bambode, City President attended the programme at Prabuddha Buddha Vihara, Ramesh Dongre spoke in Samyak buddha vihara, Nawegaon and Moreshwar Ambade and Lahuji Ramteke attended the programme at Amrapali buddha Vihara, Fuley Ward.
A large number of Buddhist followers attended these programmes.