Multiple blasts rocked the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, Bihar on 7 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 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.
The Mahabodhi Mahavihara has now been declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO on the 27th June 2002.