Ambedkar Jayanti is a festival observed on 14 April each year to commemorate the memory of Babasaheb Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar. This day is celebrated as birth anniversary of Dr. B R Ambedkar who born on this day in the year 1891. Dr. Ambedkar was born in the town of Mhow in Madhya Pradesh and was independent India's first law minister and principal architect of the Constitution of India. He is known as the Father of Indian Constitution. It is a public holiday in all of the states of India. It is a customary tradition to pay homage to Babasaheb’s statue at the Parliament by the President, Prime Minister, Leaders of prominent parties on this day.

Ambedkar Jayanti

Dr B.R Ambedkar dedicated his entire life towards Dalits and marginalised sections of society. It is celebrated throughout the world especially by formerly oppressed communities who embraced Buddhism under his guidance. In India, large number of people visit Dr B R Ambedkar's statue in their city/village to pay their homage.

About Dr B.R Ambedkar

Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (14 April 1891 - 6 December 1956), popularly also known as Babasaheb, was an Indian jurist, politician, philosopher, anthropologist, historian and economist. A revivalist for Buddhism in India, he inspired the Modern Buddhist movement. As independent India's first law minister, he was principal architect of the Constitution of India.

Born into a poor Mahar family, Ambedkar campaigned against social discrimination, the Indian caste system. He converted to Buddhism and is also credited with providing a spark for the conversion of hundreds of thousands of lower caste members to Buddhism. Ambedkar who fought against injustice, social discrimination meted out to Dalits initiated the Dalit Buddhist movement. Ambedkar was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, in 1990. Eventually earning a law degree and doctorates for his study and research in law, economics and political science from Columbia University and the London School of Economics, Ambedkar gained a reputation as a scholar and practiced law for a few years, later campaigning by publishing journals advocating political rights and social freedom for India's untouchables.

All central government offices including industrial establishments and Banks remain closed on the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti.