An injured Buddhist monk receives medical treatment at a hospital in Gaya, following eight low-intensity serial blasts at the Bodh Gaya Buddhist temple complex, on July 7, 2013.
“There was some damage to the staircases near the Bodhi Tree, and some windowpanes were broken,” Bhikshu Chalinda, the senior monk at the temple, told The New York Times.
Witnesses said some of the bombs exploded close to the Bodhi tree, but it did not sustain any damage .
“It’s very unfortunate, actually there should be no need for security in a religious place,” a Dalai Lama aide told the Times Now.
The Hindustan Times reports that for years Pakistan-based, al-Qaeda-linked militants have considered Bodh Gaya as a potential target of suicide bombings.
The report noted that Sunday’s attack may be retribution for the atrocities committed by militant Buddhist monks Myanmar on Rohingya Muslims.
The Mahabodhi temple, particularly around the Bodhi tree, is one of the most peaceful places imaginable (this author has been there).
Buddhists from all over the world meditate at the site where the Buddha is said to have "attained the unattained supreme security from bondage" (i.e. enlightenment, Nirvana).
The Mahabodhi temple was built in the 5th or 6th century AD.
The Bodhi tree is thought to be a descendant of the one that the Buddha sat under when he achieved Awakening.
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