Press Release over Mahabodhi blasts
Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 8, 2013
Press Release over Mahabodhi blasts.
Nine low-intensity blasts took place early on Sunday morning – leaving two monks injured – in quick succession at the 1,500-year-old Mahabodhi temple, which is annually visited by millions of pilgrims from all over the world.
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 which shook the holy town.
Anil Goswami, Union Home Secretary of India, said in New Delhi that serial explosions inside and outside Mahabodhi Temple complex were a terror attack and NIA and NSG teams have been sent for post-blasts investigations. Security has been beefed at the temple and adjoining areas, Bihar police chief DGP Abhayanand told reporters, adding CCTV footage was being examined for leads to the terrorists.
The explosions, the first of its type to target the town and the temple, a UNESCO heritage site, took place between 5:30 and 5:58 am. The explosives were set off by timers.
Buddha is revered as a Messenger of Peace. He is known as the Light of Asia but is also the Light of the World as his message of peace and non-violence has become more relevant. “All of us can learn from the Buddha’s spirit of compassion. His timeless teachings can help us to navigate the many global problems we face today. The need for global solidarity may seem like a modern concept, but it is not. More than 2,500 years ago, Buddha taught that nothing exists in isolation, and that all phenomena are interdependent. Just as profoundly, he taught that we cannot be happy as long as others suffer and that when we do reach out, we discover the best in ourselves.” said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
The incident, therefore, is really unfortunate and against the World Peace Movement. Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement is deeply saddened over the blasts wherein, two monks sustained injuries. We offer our prayers for the injured and their family members. All peace-lovers must now unite and campaign against worldwide anti Peace Movements.