MAHABODHI TEMPLE

  • Mahabodhi now among India's richest temples July 31, 2014

    After Tirupati, Vaishno Devi and Shirdi Sai Baba temples, the Mahabodhi temple in Bihar's Bodh Gaya, Buddhism's holiest shrine, has become one of the richest temples in India, officials said on Thursday. The 1,500yearold Mahabodhi temple's total income in 201314 was Rs.106 crore, the highest till date. It includes Rs.4.19 crore collected...
  • Bodh Gaya blasts: Suspected IM activist arrested in Arwal March 2, 2014

    The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) activist in connection with Bodh Gaya serial blasts from a village in Bihar’s Arwal district, police said on Sunday. Acting on a tip off, the NIA team arrested the suspected IM activist Md Irfan from Auwgila village late on...
  • Bihar's Bodh Gaya temple dome inlaid with gold November 28, 2013

    The dome of Bodh Gaya's 1,500yearold 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. "A team of technical experts from Thailand has completed work to goldplate the dome and final touches were given to...
  • Mahabodhi temple's dome gets a makeover, inlaid with 300 kg gold November 28, 2013

    The dome of Bodh Gaya's 1,500yearold 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. "A team of technical experts from Thailand has completed work to goldplate the dome and final touches were given to...
  • Patna serial blasts suspects may flee to Nepal, NIA informs Bihar police November 18, 2013

    The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has told Bihar Police to look out for five terror suspects involved in Patna and Bodh Gaya bombings as they may be hiding in districts on the IndiaNepal border and were likely to escape to Nepal, police Monday said. "After NIA's alert, Bihar Police headquarters asked...
  • Thai commandos guard 300kg gold for Mahabodhi temple in Bihar November 13, 2013

    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 1,500year old Mahabodhi temple in glitter. The much awaited work to goldplate the dome is being carried out by a team of technical experts...
  • Several Thai commandos guard Mahabodhi temple as work to goldplate the dome begins November 13, 2013

    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 1,500year old Mahabodhi temple in glitter. The much awaited work to goldplate the dome is being carried out by a team of technical experts...
  • Govt begins process to set up antiterrorist squad November 11, 2013

    The Bihar government has begun the process to set up an antiterrorist squad (ATS) in the state, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Monday. "Bihar Police have began the process to set up ATS soon," Nitish Kumar told media persons in Patna, and added that the state cabinet has approved the...
  • IT department issues notice to Mahabodhi temple over its collections September 24, 2013

    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 on Tuesday said. "The IT department has issued notice to the management committee of the Mahabodhi temple and demanded that they submit details of temple's income and expenses,"...
  • 50 days on, no breakthrough in Bodh Gaya blasts case August 30, 2013

    National Investigation Agency (NIA) chief Sharad Kumar has directed that the probe into the blasts at Bodh Gaya's Mahabodhi temple be speeded up after no headway was made even 50 days after the incident, a police officer said Friday. Sharad Kumar, who visited the temple on Thursday and met top officials...
  • Mahabodhi temple blasts: NIA picks up 2 suspects from Darbhanga August 18, 2013

    Patna: The National Investigation Agency has picked up two suspects in connection with the July 7 serial blasts at the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya. The suspects have been held from Darbhanga in Bihar and taken for interrogation. On Wednesday, the NIA had arrested a Hindu priest, Arup Brahmachari. "The NIA...
  • Monk attempts self immolation to protest Mahabodhi Temple blasts August 15, 2013

    A Buddhist monk today allegedly tried to immolate himself to protest the recent blasts in Bodh Gaya, police said. Bodhi Priya Vinay (49), from Ghughus (Chandrapur district), along with a number of other Buddhists had gathered since morning near Dr BabasahebAmbedkar statue at RBI square on the busy NagpurJabalpur road to...
  • Mahabodhi temple blasts: Absconding Hindu priest arrested August 14, 2013

    The National Investigation Agency (NIA) probing the serial bomb blasts at Bodh Gaya's Mahabodhi temple, has arrested a Hindu priest, Arup Brahmachari, police said on Wednesday. "The NIA team, with the help of the police, arrested Arup Brahmachari who was absconding after the blasts," an officer of the Bodh Gaya police...
  • Mahabodhi temple security to cost Rs 5 million per month August 14, 2013

    Bihar is set to spend Rs 5 million each month for the deployment of 261 Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel at the Mahabodhi temple at Bodh Gaya that was rocked by blasts July 7, officials said. The CISF has recommended deployment of 261 personnel for security of the temple that...
  • Thailand firm to gold plate Mahabodhi Temple's dome August 5, 2013

    A Thailandbased company has begun work to inlay with gold the dome of Bodh Gaya's 1,500years old Mahabodhi temple.Kreing Thavorn Containers Co Ltd is doing the work, said N Dorjee, secretary of the Bodh Gaya temple management committee. Dorjee said some Buddhist pilgrims of Thailand first made the offer a year...
  • Rajya Sabha condemns Mahabodhi temple blasts August 5, 2013

    Rajya Sabha on Monday condemned the serial bomb blasts at Mahabodhi temple in Gaya district of Bihar and the Maoists attack on a convoy of Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh that led former Union minister V C Shukla and senior party leader Mahendra Karma dead. Chairman Hamid Ansari described the July 7...
  • Buddhist pilgrim offers to inlay Mahabodhi temple's dome with gold August 1, 2013

    The dome of Bodh Gaya's 1,500year old Mahabodhi temple, Buddhism's holiest shrine that was rocked by a string of bombings in July, will be inlaid with gold thanks to an offer made by a pilgrim, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Thursday. "The ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) has accepted...
  • CISF to guard Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya July 31, 2013

    Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya,which was rocked by multiple blasts, will be provided securityby CISF, the first shrine to be guarded by the paramilitaryforce. This decision has been taken by the Home Ministryfollowing a request from the Bihar government after theholiest Buddhist shrine was hit by serial blasts on July 7. A...
  • Mahabodhi temple blasts: NIA releases sketches of five suspects July 30, 2013

    The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has released sketches of five suspects in the July 7 serial bomb explosions at Bodh Gaya's Mahabodhi temple in Bihar. The sketches, including one of a foreigner, have been distributed among the public, particularly rickshawpullers, autorickshaw drivers and local civic body members, police said on Tuesday. "NIA...
  • Midday meal tragedy: Probe if 'killer' insecticide came from Gujarat, says JD(U) leader July 29, 2013

    Another war of words began on Monday between BJP and JD(U) over Chhapra's midday meal tragedy after JD(U) MLA Manjit Singh said that Nitish government will have to probe if 'killer' insecticides found in midday meal were also came from Gujarat as timers used in Bodh Gaya blasts were...
  • Bodh Gaya blasts: Cylinders used in explosions made in Meerut July 25, 2013

    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. Sources said sleuths of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the July 7 serial blasts in one of the mostsacred...
  • Delhi Police meets SGPC to increase security across gurudwaras July 16, 2013

    New Delhi: The Delhi Police official held meetings with the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) members to increase security across all the gurudwaras. The SGPC has also hired a consultant to guide them on ways to increase security. The move came after CNNIBN showed how bags and pressure cookers were allowed...
  • Mahabodhi blasts: NIA releases sketch of suspect July 16, 2013

    New Delhi: Nearly ten days after the serial blasts at the Mahabodhi Temple in Bihar, the National Investigation Agency has now released the sketch of one of the suspects. Reports say that the sketch has been released based on the eyewitness account and the CCTV footage is being examined on...
  • News 360: Religious sites across cities fail vigilance test 3 days after Gaya blasts July 10, 2013

    Temples, dargahs and gurdwaras across cities failed the vigilance test just three days after serial blasts at Mahabodhi temple. Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde promises action in response to the CNNIBN investigation....
  • Watch: Serious security lapses across famous religious sites in India July 10, 2013

    CNNIBN conducted checks across famous religious sites in India and found serious security lapses. In Panchkula, Punjab's Nada Sahib and Guwahati's Kamakhya temple there were security loopholes and CNNIBN reporters could get inside the premises carrying mini cylinders and other hazardous materials. But security was much better in Bangalore's Iskcon...
  • Alleged IM tweet claiming responsibility for Mahabodhi blasts traced to Pakistan July 10, 2013

    New Delhi: The IP address of the alleged Indian Mujahideen tweet that claimed responsibility for the serial blasts at Bodh Gaya's famous Mahabodhi temple has been traced to Pakistan. Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had said in a press conference that the National Investigation Agency will verify the claims allegedly...
  • Will consider Nitish's request for CISF security at Bodh Gaya: Shinde July 10, 2013

    New Delhi: Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Wednesday said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken over the Mahabodhi temple blasts probe at the request of the Bihar government. Shinde, who visited Bodh Gaya on Wednesday along with Congress President Sonia Gandhi, added that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's...
  • Wasn't allowed inside Mahabodhi temple when Sonia Gandhi arrived: Shahnawaz Hussain July 10, 2013

    A political war brewing between the BJP and the Congress after BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain claimed that he was denied entry to the blast site because of Sonia Gandhi's arrival. ...
  • Mahabodhi temple blasts: Govt had acted on intelligence inputs, says Shinde July 10, 2013

    Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said the government will look into the demand for CISF security at religious shrines. He visited the Mahabodhi temple along with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. ...
  • Will consider CISF security for religious sites: Shinde July 10, 2013

    Bodh Gaya: Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Wednesday said that the investigation into the Mahabodhi blasts was still on and the investigators were probing all possible angles in the case. Shinde along with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday visited the Mahabodhi temple, which witnessed 10 bomb blasts...