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Several blasts in Bodhgaya

Posted in Buddhism, Human Rights Violations with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2013 by designldg

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This morning on 7 July, 2013, in a terror attack, 9 bombs exploded inside the Mahabodhi temple (“Great Awakening Temple”) complex (a UNESCO World heritage site) located in Bodh-Gaya in the Indian state of Bihar which is the Buddhism’s holiest shrine.
The first blast took place inside the temple at 5:30 am, followed by eight successive explosions in the next half hour, one near the Buddha statue, one near the Mahabodhi tree and others near the Teraga monastery, injuring 5 people.
One unexploded bomb was also traced and defused.
The main temple is intact and sanitised.

This holy site is the place where Gautama Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment.
The site of the Bodhi tree at Bodhigaya is, directly connected to the life of Buddha (566-486 BCE) and attained enlighment or perfect insight when he was meditating under this tree.
The Bodhi tree, which is to the west of the main temple is a direct continuation of original Bodhi tree under which Budha spent his first week after attaining enlighment.
According to the Jatakas, it forms the navel of the earth, and no other place can support the weight of the Buddha’s attainment.

The Intelligence Bureau of India may have alerted state officials of possible threats around 15 days prior to the bombing.
It happens “again” just before some elections in order to raise controversies and disputes which is exactly the opposite of Buddha’s teachings unless it is done in order to mark the Dalai Lama’s birthday who just turned 78 a few hours before those blasts…
Terrorism is not negotiable…Nothing justifies such things…What comes to the mind of those who do such things…???

This insanity is beyond words…I know this place which only inspires love, compassion and brotherhood…
(Last time I went there I took this picture at dawn before anyone came inside the complex)

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Terror strikes Varanasi

Posted in Banarsi (Portraits) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2010 by designldg

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“Terrorism should be outlawed universally.
We should have true international co-operation to combat terrorism.”
(French President Nicolas Sarkozy – Press conference in Mumbai Dec. 7, 2010)

Last evening (Tuesday) a bomb hidden in a milk container exploded at Sheetla Ghat killing a two year old little girl and left many people wounded among the thousands of devotees and tourists who came to celebrate Ganga aarti.
The ceremony is a daily ritual in Varanasi (Benaras), the holiest city in the Hindu religion, during which priests and others light oil lamps, ring bells and chant prayers to worship the Ganges.
The force of the explosion ripped away a metal railing and damaged stones up to 60 metres away.
The Police said they defused two more bombs in the city.
The terror group Indian Mujahedeen allegedly claimed responsibility for the blast in an email to several media outlets.
This attack clearly meant to coincide with the anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition a day earlier.

After spending a long time with my friend Dwiraj at the place where the bomb was left we hopefully left a few minutes before the blast.
All of my friends and relatives in the holy city are safe even though I met almost everyone there before the tragedy.

It was the fourth bomb attack in Varanasi in the past five years but no one here seems to be panicking.
Life has to carry on, showing those terrorists that they are nothing but cowards, away from God.

Terrorism only discredits the purposes and expectations of those behind this.

I decided not to show any image of the place where this tragedy happened but to upload this picture shot a few hours ago in my street with happy children smiling.
Those smiles are our future and the best weapon in order to answer this ignominy.

Read more at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/varanasi/I-saw-chunks-of…