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Thailand gives 300 kg gold to Gaya's Mahabodhi temple

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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.

The much awaited work to gold-plate the dome is being carried out by a team of technical experts from Thailand, officials said.

Two days after the 289 kg gold, donated by Buddhist devotees from Thailand, was brought at Bodh Gaya in a special plane from Bangkok, technical experts have finally started the work under tight security in and around the temple, said N Dorjee, secretary of the Bodh Gaya temple management committee.

“It is a happy moment for all of us that the spire of the temple will get a glittering look with gold,” Dorjee said.

Arvind Kumar Singh, a member of the committee, said the work by experts from Thailand is being videographed since it involves handling gold.

“A 40-member team, including a dozen experts and two dozen commandos, from Thailand arrived at Bodh Gaya with gold in 13 boxes to complete the work in 40 to 50 days,” Singh said.

He said the team is led by Thailand’s former deputy prime minister General Pricha.

“About 24 Thailand commandos are providing security to the gold boxes kept in the temple premises,” Singh said.

The district administration too has deployed additional security to safeguard the gold.

Thailand-based company Kreing Thavorn Containers Co. Ltd. is carrying out the work.

Dorjee said last year Thailand's King Bhumibol Atulya took the decision to cover the dome of the temple with gold.

But it took some time to get clearance from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for the work. The ASI officials will also provide technical supervision for the gold inlay work.

A special prayer will be held under the holy Bodhi tree behind the main temple Nov 16 in which around 500 devotees from Thailand, including those who donated gold, are likely to participate, Dorjee said.

According to him, the first phase of the work involving chemical treatment was completed in August to prepare the foundation for gold plating.

“Now stairs have been installed around the temple's dome to enable experts to reach the top of the structure to inlay it with thin gold sheet,” he said.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has also shown keen interest in the work.

A string of low-intensity bombs exploded in the temple complex in July. But there were no casualties and no damage was caused to the structure.

The ancient 180 feet structure of the Mahabodhi temple is estimated to have been built between the 5th and 6th century AD. It was lost and rediscovered in the 19th century by Alexander Cunningham, who founded the ASI in 1861.

The Mahabodhi temple is the holiest pilgrimage centre for Buddhists from around the world. It marks the place where Lord Gautama is believed to attained his enlightenment, turning him into the Buddha.

Thailand gives 300 kg gold to Mahabodhi temple - Hindustan Times
 

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If UP and Bihar would have done even little in improving infrastructure and law and order situation these two states being the mecca of Buddhism would have been generating huge revenues from tourism by attracting Buddhist Pilgrims from all over the world
 
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Buddhists from all over the world and India should take it upon themselves to protect their holy sites.........not rely on pathetic Indian Govt.
 
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Nice to see our Buddhist brother Nations helping protect our joint cultural heritage ...

Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain hum sare haii Bhai Bhai!!!

Hindus should also contribute for this Shrine...
 

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Nice gesture Thailand :cheers:

India is an epicenter for Buddhism, Buddhists are welcome here to visit historic sites related Buddha's life.
 

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there is no point wasting gold in temples,mosques,gurudwaras etc

use this to help ppl who really need something,,god has got enough gold to care for this.
 

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there is no point wasting gold in temples,mosques,gurudwaras etc

use this to help ppl who really need something,,god has got enough gold to care for this.
You have a point however tourism can give just as much money.
 

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Great news. Its one of my must visit places in India. Mahabodhi Temple, Varanasi, Ladakh, Golden Temple and Mum's kitchen in Goa :)

BTW this pagoda recently built in Mumbai is pretty cool too. Part of it is also covered in gold.

 

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Hopefully no Abrahamic extremists decide to target Bodh Gaya again.
We Dharmic cultural Countries like India, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Japan, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka should unite against the religious Extremism brought by Abrahamic Faiths... they are the real colonialist ... We together have more then half the world population ...

We may fight over our borders but not on our Culture and religion like them... on that Issue every Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and Jain would stand together shoulder to shoulder ... we never fought in the name of religion ever in history ...
 

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We Dharmic cultural Countries like India, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Japan, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka should unite against the religious Extremism brought by Abrahamic Faiths... they are the real colonialist ... We together have more then half the world population ...

We may fight over our borders but not on our Culture and religion like them... on that Issue every Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and Jain would stand together shoulder to shoulder ... we never fought in the name of religion ever in history ...
Chinese have always had a distinct culture that was separate from the desperate Abrahamic hordes, I respect them tremendously for that.
 

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