Terror attacks and bomb blasts on religious sites aren’t new. Yet, the same striking a Buddhist temple at the feet of the man who preached non-violence is odd. This morning multiple blasts rocked Bodhgaya, the place where Gowthama Buddha is believed to have had his Enlightenment. Bodhgaya, a Buddhist religious site situated in Bihar, India is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the four sites closely related to the life of Buddha, and revered by Buddhists around the world.
According to the Gaya police, serious of blasts were reported between 5.30 to 6.00 IST this morning, in quick succession. One blast has been reported to have gone off just under the Enlightenment tree, damaging the Buddha’s footprints. Four more blasts took inside the temple premises and three more in the Tregar monastery premises. Two more were muted before exploding.
NO causalities have been reported so far, except two, a German and an Indain, reportedly injured. The Bihar CM Nithish Kumar visited the site to take stock of the situation. The Government and the first citizen of the country have condemned the blasts. However the opposition has charged the Government of its ignorance of intelligence report.
Fortunately the blasts haven’t harmed the temple building which is centuries old. It is believed that the site was visited by Ashoka, the Great after 250 years Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. He is said to be the founder of the original Mahabodhi temple. It was the late 19th century excavation restored the premises to its past glory.
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