Several bomb explosions took place earlier today (7th) at the Maha Bodhi Vihara, at Bihar, India, venerated by Buddhists the world over.
A Buddhist monk and a devotee had been injured in this incident, and are being treated at hospital, Indian media reports said.
On learning of this incident, President Mahinda Rajapaksa immediately conveyed his deep sorrow about it. His sympathy and sorrow was conveyed by telephone to the Buddhist monks resident at the Maha Bodhi Vihara premises, Presidential Media Spokesman Mohan Samaranayake said.
According to reports, the first explosion took place around 5.15 am today. This was soon followed by four more explosions within the Vihara, and another unexplored bomb had been made inactive by security personnel.
Indian officials state there had been no damage to the Maha Bodhi Vihara from these explosions.
Following this incident, the Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, is due to arrive at the Maha Bodhi Vihara today.
Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in India, Prasad Kariyawasam, who expressed deep sorrow at this incident, has stated that no Sri Lankan devotees have been injured or affected in any way by it. The Maha Bodhi Vihara is the most important center of worship by Sri Lankan Buddhist pilgrims to India.
Indian media reports state that security around the Maha Bodhi Vihara has been strengthened.