Sunday, June 30, 2013


NI Wire (New Delhi) Bihar's pride and Buddhism's holiest shrine, 1,500 year old Mahabodhi temple and famous Hindu temple of Vishnupad in Gaya would soon get CCTVs in their premises, Bihar's Urban Development Minister Prem Kumar said. The move has been taken following a threat of a terrorist attack at these places. "I have instructed to install CCTVs at Mahabodhi temple and Vishnupad temple soon for security reasons. CCTVs will not only keep a watch on suspicious activities, they would also record everything as proof", Kumar said. 
The temple at Bodh Gaya was built at the place where Buddha attained enlightenment 2,550 years ago. It has been declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2002.

Vishnupad temple, which is a temple of Hindu god Vishnu and visited by thousands of Hindus from India and abroad every year is on the hit list of terror groups. An annual fortnight-long Pitrapaksh, during which Hindus make ritualistic offering called "pindadan" for the salvation of their forefathers, takes place at the temple. Priests called Gaywal-pandas perform the prayers at Vishnupad temple. Moreover, it is believed that Lord Rama and his wife Sita performed this religious rite for King Dasharath, Rama's father, at this place.
Kumar said authorities at both the temples have been asked to identify the locations for the installation of CCTVs, including at points of entry and exit.

In India, thousands of Hindus from every part of the country and even from abroad gather in Bihar, about 100 km from state capital Patna. In this town there are two important sacred places: the Buddhism Mahabodhi temple and the Hindu Vishnupad temple. For security reasons, due to a threat of a terrorist attack at them, authorities are planning to install CCTVs. Since earlier last year, security of the Mahabodhi temple was handed over to the Special Task Force (STF) of Bihar Police. It's a shame that by visiting such sacred places one has to fear for his own safety and be worried about a possible terrorist attack instead of being totally dedicated to render devotion to the Lord.

"Thereafter, in the twenty-first manvantara at the beginning of Kali-yuga, the Lord will appear as Lord Buddha, the son of Anjana, in Kikata Pradesa (the province of Gaya-Bihar), just for the purpose of deluding those who are envious of the faithful demigods." - (Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.3.24) ... Gaya Region: This is famous as Bodha Gaya or Buddha Gaya. This is the most important pilgrimage place of Buddhists. This place was famous even before the time of Christ. The remains of the Mahabodhi Temple and the Stupa (monument), built by King Ashoka, are evidence of its fame and antiquity. The Pippala tree (ficus religiosa), under which Buddha attained enlightenment, is still there today. In the journey diary of the Chinese traveler, Fahiyan, a description of the Mahabodhi Temple of Uruvilva has been provided. 

Śrīla Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Mahārāja : 
“Dasavatara - The Ten Manifestations of God”
Chapter 9.  “Sri Buddha Avatara”
Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math  -

Published by dasavatara das - "Vedic Views on World News"

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