Commentary: Umesh Pandey
The past week brought an event that shocked many people in this country and across the region when one of the holiest shrines of Buddhism — the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya, India — was the target of sectarian violence.
The nine bombs that went off in the wee hours of Sunday, July 7 injured two people and caused (thankfully) only minor damage to the sanctuary that is sacred for all Buddhists. Five bombs were detonated in the temple complex, four in the town, and four others were found and defused.
The 1,500-year-old temple is located at the site where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. The bodhi tree that stands there today was grown from a sapling of a tree in Sri Lanka, which itself began life as a sapling of the one under which Lord Buddha himself meditated at Bodh Gaya. The tree was unharmed, to everyone’s great relief.
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