The memorial consists of Column Plaza, Central Park Plaza and Ambedkar Plaza. Drawing heavily on Buddhist architecture the column Plaza have 300 feet high pillars crowned by four-headed carved elephants and replicas of Ashoka Chakra. Ambedkar Plaza have statues of 15 Dalit icons carved out of Mirzapur and Dhaulpur stones. The grand Central dome has life-size bronze statues of Dr Ambedkar, who was instrumental in drafting Indian Constitution, Mayawati, Former Chief Minster of Uttar Pradesh and Kanshi Ram, her mentor and founder of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). The remaining structure has bronze plaques of Dalit leaders depicting their life and work in Dalit Movement.
|The controversial elephant statues at the Rashtriya Dalit Prerna Sthal|
The majestic 24 18ft high red sandstone elephants surround the monument. It had earlier sparked a controversy, elephant being the election symbol of Mayawati’s BSP. The elephants are estimated to have cost Rs 70 lakh each while the statues cost Rs 6 crore a piece. The construction of this monument had drawn a lot of criticism and controversy. Mayawati was accused of ‘self-glorification’ and branded as a ‘megalomaniac’ by her political rivals for wasting taxpayer’s money.
|Green Garden of the Rashtriya Dalit Prerna Sthal, Noida|
In line with the Supreme Court order fifty percent of the Memorial has green cover with 7,600 trees and 1.5 lakh shrubs planted. The construction of the monument was stopped by the court in October 2009 after ecological concerns were raised by residents and environmentalists as it is close to the Okhla Bird Sanctuary.
Rashtriya Dalit Prerna Sthal, built at a cost of Rs 685 Crore, was inaugurated by Mayawati on October 14, 2011.The same day in 1956 Dr BhimRao Ambedkar embraced Buddhism. Dr Ambedkar, who tried to turn the Wheel of the Law toward social justice for all, was the champion of Dalit cause. Dr Ambedkar emphasized on the concept of self-help or ‘Atta Deepo Bhava’, a Pali phrase meaning ‘Be a light unto yourself’. Dalits form 16.6 percent of total population of India as per 2011 Census.This landmark monument epitomizes the life and struggle of all Dalits toward their social, economic and political upliftment.
|Inauguration Ceremony attended by over 40,000 people|
The grand inauguration ceremony was attended by over 40,000 people and 2,500 police personnel were stationed for the security. However, the memorial was soon closed to finish the remaining work. Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, after Samajwadi Party (SP) government came to power in 2012, ordered a probe into alleged irregularities in the park’s construction and shut down the park indefinitely. The SP government announced the park would be used for wedding and cultural events as per the party’s election manifesto.
|Rashtriya Dalit Prerna Sthal, Noida Nightview|
|Dalit Prerna Sthal and Green Garden, Noida|
|Dalit Prerna Sthal, Noida opened to public on Gandhi Jayanti, October 02, 2013|