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Hindus Condemn Attack on Buddha Shrine in Bodh Gaya

By July 9, 2013

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Hindus in Indian and around the world wide condemned the terrorist attack at the Mahabodhi Temple Complex in the Gaya district of Bihar, India on Sunday July 7, 2013. A series of nine explosions damaged the World Heritage structure and injured pilgrims.

Alleged terrorists belonging to the Indian Mujahideen, an India-based Islamic militant group that has been designated by the U.S. State Department as a "Foreign Terrorist Organization", are suspected to have carried out the attack using low intensity explosive devices injuring several and damaging the property. The Indian Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for a number of previous terrorist attacks targeting civilians throughout India. Read more

The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) issued a statement to officially condemn the terrorist act. "We are highly disturbed by this callous attack on Bodh Gaya and pray for the speedy recovery of those injured," said Swaminathan Venkataraman, HAF's Mumbai-based Executive Council member. "Although the temple itself was not damaged, we call on the Indian authorities to quickly seek out those responsible and bring them to justice."

Bodh Gaya is one of Buddhism's holiest shrines, where Siddhartha Gautam visited as a wandering ascetic in the 5th Century BC and achieved enlightenment, thus becoming the Buddha. In Hinduism, the Buddha is regarded as the ninth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Indian authorities apprehended one suspect linked to the Indian Mujahideen in Kolkata and uncovered an additional live bomb on the Bodh Gaya premises. Anonymous sources claimed that government officials provided information to Bodh Gaya administrators on an imminent threat to the complex several months before the attack.

"It is imperative for the Indian government to provide ample security to places of pilgrimage throughout the country," said Samir Kalra, Esq., HAF Director and Senior Human Rights Fellow. "Additionally, we hope that temple and pilgrimage site administrators will heed warnings from government officials in an effort to prevent such attacks."

A day after the serial explosions, the Buddhist shrine reopened for the public as devotees thronged and monks from 50 countries held a special prayer for peace. Share your thoughts

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July 9, 2013 at 5:48 am
(1) k.k.sarma says:

You can NEVER trust this so-called religion of peace, Islam =bombs and terrorism.
Imagine if some-one bombed the Kaaba in Mecca. ……WW3!

July 9, 2013 at 10:23 am
(2) Dr.Richard says:

It saddens me, that a few shame an entire Religion, by attacking the symbols of other faiths. In time, the entire world will rise against them, and then what have they gained ?

July 9, 2013 at 12:42 pm
(3) Aju Mukhopadhyay says:

I reminds us of the Taliban attack in Afghanistan- the same uncultured, philistine, criminal mindset and attitude worked here- even Lord Buddha is not spared-from what motive? Certainly any civilised people would condemn and I do.

July 9, 2013 at 4:53 pm
(4) shantie maharaj says:

some say its the times we live kali yuga which means the darkest period in our dargest moment brightness illumines. lets us as a peopley that these souls be illumined by the inner source of light. mans inner divinty is waning thus the insecurites for islarmist hardliners to desecrate in the name of god. history has proven this has always been the methodoligy employed by the early barbarian invaders to annex territory and its people. sadly the two ibrahamic religion islam and christiany responsible for much conversion thru the medium of the sword and poverty, as well as much of the disharmony in the world today . what god or religious practices tells another to indulge in an act of aggression causing harm to others. what does it say for a religious body who builds its fellowship in forced conversion and mass brutality. this kind of horrifiic acts cannot sustain itself. this ought to remind many this is how the early barbarian invaders desecrated much of our beautiful temples in bharat by replacing it with mosques intolerance is evil and shall destruct the very fiber of itself. perhaps their desperation of knowing their end is not far away. lets hope the evils of such a faith who does not understan the great beauty in difference changes its course . i sometimes wonder many of the muslim converts in bharat regretful wishes their forebears in the sub continent withstood the barbarian tyranny and were able to still infuse the ambrosia of bhuddism and hinduism in its entirety . life is a hell u of a thing and so is our conscience. vande mataraml

July 9, 2013 at 11:16 pm
(5) Hassaan says:

Mr k.k.sarma pls read this ..you will find who are the true terrorists

Indian police arrested a man on Monday over weekend bomb attacks targeting one of Buddhism’s holiest sites and were studying CCTV footage that appeared to show two men planting explosives.

The Indian government condemned the “terror attack” after multiple small bombs exploded at the historic Bodh Gaya Buddhist temple complex on Sunday morning, wounding two monks at the pilgrimage destination in eastern Bihar state.

“The police are doing everything to identify the two persons on the basis of the CCTV footage,” local police official Chandan Kushwaha told AFP.

Security camera footage released of the complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site, also showed pilgrims running from the scene after one of the blasts.

Indian Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said 10 bombs exploded at the site, increasing the previous number from nine, with three more devices discovered and defused.

“Today, I have the information of 10 blasts. A total of 13 bombs were placed there… (but) I will not go into details where they were kept,” Shinde told reporters.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but police arrested a local man who was being questioned in connection with the blasts.

“A man identified as Vinod Mistri was taken into custody in connection with the serial bomb blasts in Bodh Gaya,” state police official S.K. Bharadwaj told AFP.

Police picked up Mistri in the Barachatti area, a stronghold of Maoist insurgents 130 kilometres (80 miles) south of the state capital Patna, Bharadwaj said.

July 11, 2013 at 5:05 pm
(6) Yogi says:

THE ONE WHO LACKS HIS FAITH IN HIS RELIGION AND MISSES HIS POINT OF CONTACT WITH GOD MUST HAVE DONE THIS. ALLOW PEOPLE TO FOLLOW THEIR OWN FORM OF CONTACT WITH GOD AND STAY AWAY FROM SUCH ATROCIOUS ACT.

July 12, 2013 at 2:00 am
(7) Faqir chand chandihok says:

what left for peace from islam so calld religion of peace. when we heard about islam what will be inour mind is only expotion ,murders of others belivery raps of women ,stoning ,cutting hands ,feets ,self mord .Even 1400 years islam has does not show a sigle act of practical pece . shame on such belive.

July 13, 2013 at 12:58 am
(8) Rukumany says:

The path to God is not through destruction to other holy places.
Worship your God and maintain a relationship of
understanding.tolerance and love with the world at large.

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