In a startling revelation, two terrorists held in connection with last year`s Bodh Gaya blasts have revealed that their original plan was to blow up the Mahabodhi Temple.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) detained two people in Bihar`s Arwal district to quiz them over the July 7, 2013, serial bomb blasts in Bodh Gaya, police said on Friday.
Hundreds of Buddhist devotees thronged the famed Mahabodhi Temple here on Tuesday to observe the Kagyu Monlam Festival, in which devotees offer alms to monks in the hope of attaining salvation.
The Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, shined as its dome was inlaid with 280 kilograms of gold donated by devotees from Thailand.
The dome of Bodh Gaya`s 1,500-year-old Mahabodhi temple, Buddhism`s holiest shrine, has been inlaid with nearly 300 kg gold donated by devotees from Thailand -- giving the shrine a new look.
Two dozen commandos from Thailand are guarding nearly 300 kg gold in 13 boxes in Bihar`s Bodh Gaya town. as work began to cover the dome of 1,500-year old Mahabodhi temple in glitter.
Security agencies probing the recent blasts in Bihar on Tuesday claimed to have got "definitive leads" about the role of banned terror group Indian Mujahideen (IM) in the Bodh Gaya blasts in July this year.
Supreme Court asked Centre, Bihar government and ASI to respond to petition seeking directions to maintain transparency and accountability in finance and security of Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya.
For the first time, the Income Tax department has issued notice to Bodh Gaya`s Mahabodhi temple, Buddhism`s holiest shrine, over its collections, officials Tuesday said.
The NIA picked up two suspects on Sunday in connection with the multiple blasts that took place at Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya last month.
The dome of Bodh Gaya`s 1,500-year old Mahabodhi temple will be inlaid with gold thanks to an offer made by a pilgrim, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar said.
Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya, which was rocked by multiple blasts, will be provided security by CISF, the first shrine to be guarded by the paramilitary force.
The cylinders used in the bombs that targeted Bodh Gaya were manufactured in Meerut in western Uttar Pradesh and procured by the perpetrators locally in Bihar, investigators have found.
Archaeological Survey of India will assess if there was any damage to the Mahabodhi temple in the blasts that rocked Bodh Gaya earlier this month, the government on Wednesday said.
NIA has found some important clues in the Bodh Gaya blasts, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said here on Wednesday.
Taking strong note of security lapses resulting in bomb blasts in Maha Bodhi temple recently, the service of the private security company has been terminated.
Nepal has stepped up security in Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha, with security personnel frisking every tourist entering the shrine.
A Buddhist monk has gone on an indefinite hunger strike here in protest against the recent blasts at the famed Mahabodhi Temple.
Groping in dark over the Mahabodhi temple serial blasts, security agencies have now started looking into role right wing extremists, Maoists, Rohingya Muslims besides Indian Mujahideen in incident.
Day in Pics: 29th August
August 29, 2014
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