Indian Temple Where Buddha Reached Enlightenment Hit by Bomb Blasts
Indian Temple Where Buddha Reached Enlightenment Hit by Bomb Blasts
An injured Buddhist monk receives medical treatment following low-intensity serial blasts at the Bodh Gaya Buddhist temple complex in eastern India on July 7, 2013.  Bomb blasts hit the historic temple complex, wounding monks, but the temple itself was not damaged. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

An injured Buddhist monk receives medical treatment following low-intensity serial blasts at the Bodh Gaya Buddhist temple complex in eastern India on July 7, 2013. Bomb blasts hit the historic temple complex, wounding monks, but the temple itself was not damaged. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

An Indian policeman looks at debris left after several low intensity explosions took place at at the Bodh Gaya Buddhist temple complex injuring two people on July 07,2013.  Buddhists from all over the world visit the site in eastern Bihar state as it is believed to contain the tree under which the Buddha reached enlightenment.

An Indian policeman looks at debris left after several low intensity explosions took place at at the Bodh Gaya Buddhist temple complex injuring two people on July 07,2013. Buddhists from all over the world visit the site in eastern Bihar state as it is believed to contain the tree under which the Buddha reached enlightenment. "The holy bodhi tree is safe and there is no damage to it," Bihar police chief Abhayanand told AFP while confirming the blasts and injuries. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

An injured Buddhist monk arrives at Gaya Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College following eight low-intensity serial blasts at the Bodh Gaya Buddhist temple complex, in Gaya on July 7, 2013.  Multiple small bomb blasts hit the historic Bodh Gaya Buddhist temple complex in eastern India on July 7, wounding two monks, police said, but the temple itself was not damaged.  (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

An injured Buddhist monk arrives at Gaya Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College following eight low-intensity serial blasts at the Bodh Gaya Buddhist temple complex, in Gaya on July 7, 2013. Multiple small bomb blasts hit the historic Bodh Gaya Buddhist temple complex in eastern India on July 7, wounding two monks, police said, but the temple itself was not damaged. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

The entrance to a Budhist temple edifice at the Bodh Gaya Buddhist temple complex appears torn apart after several low intensity explosions took place injuring two people on July 07,2013.  Buddhists from all over the world visit the site in eastern Bihar state as it is believed to contain the tree under which the Buddha reached enlightenment.

The entrance to a Budhist temple edifice at the Bodh Gaya Buddhist temple complex appears torn apart after several low intensity explosions took place injuring two people on July 07,2013. Buddhists from all over the world visit the site in eastern Bihar state as it is believed to contain the tree under which the Buddha reached enlightenment. "The holy bodhi tree is safe and there is no damage to it," Bihar police chief Abhayanand told AFP while confirming the blasts and injuries. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

Bomb disposal personnel recover an unexploded bomb from the great statue of Lord Buddha following eight low-intensity serial blasts at the Bodh Gaya Buddhist temple complex on July 7, 2013.  Multiple small bomb blasts hit the historic Bodh Gaya Buddhist temple complex in eastern India on July 7, wounding two monks, police said, but the temple itself was not damaged.  (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Bomb disposal personnel recover an unexploded bomb from the great statue of Lord Buddha following eight low-intensity serial blasts at the Bodh Gaya Buddhist temple complex on July 7, 2013. Multiple small bomb blasts hit the historic Bodh Gaya Buddhist temple complex in eastern India on July 7, wounding two monks, police said, but the temple itself was not damaged. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

An Indian policeman stands by as a man speaks on the phone at the Bodh Gaya Buddhist temple complex after several low intensity explosions took place injuring two people on July 07,2013.  Buddhists from all over the world visit the site in eastern Bihar state as it is believed to contain the tree under which the Buddha reached enlightenment.

An Indian policeman stands by as a man speaks on the phone at the Bodh Gaya Buddhist temple complex after several low intensity explosions took place injuring two people on July 07,2013. Buddhists from all over the world visit the site in eastern Bihar state as it is believed to contain the tree under which the Buddha reached enlightenment. "The holy bodhi tree is safe and there is no damage to it," Bihar police chief Abhayanand told AFP while confirming the blasts and injuries. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

Eight bomb explosions rocked the temple premises of Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya, central India, between 5.30 to 5.58 am local time Sunday.

According to a report by Indian broadcaster IBNlive, at least two people were injured in the blasts.

Mahabodhi temple is the place where Shakyamuni is believed to have reached enlightenment. The site was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 2002. 

Bihar Times quotes local police as saying that some of the blasts occurred close to the Mahabodhi tree under which Shakyamuni is said to have sat while reaching enlightenment. The temple structure and the sacred tree are reportedly safe.

Buddhist monks usually start gathering in the temple at around 4am. Pilgrims come to the temple from Srilanka, China, Japan, and other south-Asian countries.

“It was a terror attack,” Indian Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami said according to IBNlive.  He said, however, that no group has claimed responsibility for the blasts so far and investigations are underway. 

According to media reports, four blasts took place within the temple complex and four outside it.

Meanwhile, the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued an advisory to the cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Pune. According to IBNlive, the advisory asked for special care to be taken of Buddhist shrines, places of worships, and Tibetan settlements in the wake of the conflict between Rohingya Muslims and Buddhists in Burma (officially known as Myanmar). Security has also been stepped up at the private office of Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in Dharamsala according to IBNLive. 

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have condemned the attack. In a press statement, Singh said, “Our composite culture and traditions teach us respect for all religions, and such attacks on religious places will never be tolerated.” He wished speedy recovery to those injured in the blasts.

Mukherjee called on people to maintain calm and restraint and to cooperate with the authorities in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

  • AlwaysInTao

    May peace return swiftly to those near the temple, and may they know our thoughts are with them. Namaste

  • AlwaysInTao

    May peace return to these people swiftly, you are in our thoughts. Namaste

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