Wednesday, 19 July 2006

July 19, 2006

Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar Museum, Pune



Located in Pune, the foundation stone of Dr.Babasaheb Ambedk Museum Pune was laid on April 14, 1990 - in the year of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar's birth-centenary by the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra Hon. Mr. Sharad Pawar.

The rocky and barren hilly tract surrounding this memorial was given a face-lift by a well-laid out garden. The entire surrounding is replete with greenery. The campus has also an open-air theater where cultural programmes are held from time to time.

Dr. Maisaheb Ambedkar wife of Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar has generously donated to the museum many of his personal belongings, his memorablia including the urn containing his sacred ashes, the coveted Bharat-Ratna award together with the citation.

This memorial which is now a prominent land-mark in the city of Pune was inaugurated on 26th November, 1996 by the then Vice - President of India Mr.K.R.Narayanan. The Indian Ambassador to Mangolia, the noted Buddhist religious teacher Kushak Bakula and Dr.Maisaheb Ambedkar graced the occasion.

At the center of the museum, one can see a marble bust of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, carved in pristine white marble, the only one of its kind in India. This bust has been donated to the museum by two of his followers, Bharat Singh & Ramdas from Agra. Engraved at the bottom of the bust are a string of his accomplishments - M.A., Ph.D., D.Sc., Bar-at-Law, LL.D. Besides this there is one enclosure wherein are articles presented to him during his travels to various places.

Location :
Symbiosis Society's Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Museum & Memorial,
Senapati Bapat Road, Pune 411 004,
Maharashtra, India
Telephone : 020-25659909