At Bodh Gaya

Prayers resume under Bodhi tree, at the Mahabodhi temple after serial blasts at the temple two days earlier. July 2013.


The Bodh Gaya temple complex in Bihar was rocked by a series of explosions on July 7. Over a hundred worshippers had just finished 30 minutes of chanting and a few were entering the temple complex — a UNESCO World Heritage site associated with the Buddha’s enlightenment — when the first blast occurred at 5:45 a.m. Nine explosions followed in the next hour — four at temple sites and five in a 500-meter radius.

Soon after, political workers started demonstrations hours after the blast, survivors expressed relief as prayers resumed a day later. The blasts stirred up debate among religious leaders in Bodh Gaya over the controversial Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee (BTMC) Act, 1949, which provides for a Hindu majority on the committee that looks after the complex.