Terror strikes Bodh Gaya: Multiple blasts at Mahabodhi temple

Two Buddhist monks were injured in a series of eight explosions that rocked Bihar's 1,500-year old Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya, Bihar. According to reports, there was no damage to the temple complex in the serial blast.

Terror strikes Bodh Gaya: Multiple blasts at Mahabodhi temple

Following the blasts, the Bihar government sounded a high alert in Bodh Gaya and other sensitive places across the state.

Terror strikes Bodh Gaya: Multiple blasts at Mahabodhi temple

Intelligence agencies had last month warned the district authorities about a security threat to the temple.

Terror strikes Bodh Gaya: Multiple blasts at Mahabodhi temple

Last year, the security of the Mahabodhi temple was handed over to the Special Task Force (STF) of Bihar Police.

Terror strikes Bodh Gaya: Multiple blasts at Mahabodhi temple

The temple at Bodh Gaya was built at the spot where the Buddha attained enlightenment over 2,500 years ago. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002.

Terror strikes Bodh Gaya: Multiple blasts at Mahabodhi temple

The Mahabodhi temple is one of the few surviving examples of early brick structures in India and has had significant influence in the development of architecture over the centuries.

Terror strikes Bodh Gaya: Multiple blasts at Mahabodhi temple

UNESCO describes Mahabodhi temple as one of the earliest and most imposing structures built entirely from brick in the late Gupta period.