Serial Bomb Blasts at Mahabodhi Temple Bihar

Serial Bomb Blast at Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya in Bihar

Multiple blasts rocked the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, Bihar on 7th July, 2013 one of the holiest Buddhist shrines. Nine, low intensity bombs rocked the temple premises leaving injured two monks ( one from Tibet and the other was a Myanmar national ) at 5.00 AM.

The sanctum sanctorum and the Bodhi Tree of the temple – that is believed to be the place, where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment didn’t, suffered any damage.

To invest into the terror attacks, a five-member NIA team that comprises a DIG and two SPs reached was sent to Bodh Gaya by a special plane from New Delhi.

Of the nine blasts that rocked Mahabodhi temple, four took place inside the temple complex, three in Karmapa Monastery and one near the 80 feet Buddha statue and the bus stand each.

About Mahabodhi Temple and its Importance

The history of Bodhgaya is about 2500 years old. In the sixth century B.C., Prince Siddhartha Gautama attained supreme enlightenment at this holy place and became the Buddha. In tribute of this event Emperor Ashoka set – up the Vajrasana ( Diamond Throne ) of polished sandstone representing the seat of enlightenment in 3rd century B.C. Further a Thereafter, he built a stupa in veneration of the Buddha, which remained there up to the second century A.D.

The original structure of Mahabodhi Mahavihara temple was completed in seventh century A.D. during the reign of Gupta kings.

The gold painted statue of Buddha in the sanctum shrine of the Temple is made of Black stone built by the Pala kings of Bengal. The Buddha is seen seated in the Bhumisparsa Mudra or the Earth touching posture.

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The Mahabodhi Mahavihara has now been declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO on the 27th June 2002.

Suspects of Bodh Gaya Serial blasts

One person was detained on Monday by the National Investigating Agency (NIA) in connection with the serial blasts at the Mahabodhi temple in which two monks were injured.

DIG, Magadh Range, Nayyer Hasnain Khan said an identity card was found within the temple premises on Sunday on the basis of which the person was detained.

The NIA, Mr. Khan said, was interrogating him.

“One suspect hailing from Barachatti block in Gaya has been detained and we are questioning him. We have been analysing the footage and based on that some more people would be questioned soon,” a senior police official said.

“All the CCTV cameras in the Mahabodhi temple premises were fully functional. As you must have seen in the CCTV footage, both state security personnel and temple’s own security personnel were present. I don’t think there was any lapse on security front,” the official said.

A five-member NIA team comprising a DIG and two SPs reached here yesterday by a special plane from New Delhi and went straight to the Mahabodhi temple to start investigations.

Security has been stepped up at the temple and adjoining areas.

Terror struck one of the holiest Buddhist shrines and other places in Bihar’s pilgrimage town of Bodh Gaya on Sunday with simultaneous triggering of nine low intensity bombs.

While four blasts took place inside the Mahabodhi temple complex, three occurred inside the Karmapa monastery, one each near the famous 80 Feet Buddha statue and at the bus stand near bypass.

The temple’s sanctum sanctorum and the Bodhi Tree, under which Lord Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment, did not suffer any damage in the blasts.

“Since NIA is still collecting the samples, it will not be appropriate to comment anything on the investigations,” Gaya District Magistrate D Balamurgan said.

“We did not close the temple anytime after yesterday’s incident. Morning prayers did take place as usual at 5.30 AM.

The blasts took place around the same time. Prayers were again held on Sunday evening. Prayers were again held today morning from 5.30 AM to 6.00 AM,” he said.

“NIA sample collection has just got over. The temple premises are being cleared up. A special prayer will be performed from 5.00 PM today with participation of monks from all the monasteries. The doors of the temple would be thrown open for general public after that,” he said.