Bodhgaya News Not Being Regularly Updated
July 30, 2004. Due to pressure of work commitments since last December
I am not able to update this website very often at the moment. That
is to say the present contents will remain up for the moment but I will
not be adding new stories very often and the stories mostly reflect
my reading of the news up to last November.
Part of the reason for this is also that when I was in Bodhgaya last
December I started wondering about the way that the media contribute
to and play a role in the events occuring in Bodhgaya and decided to
take a step back for a while and consider this a bit more. There is
excellent discussion of this issue in India's Newspaper Revolution
by Robin Jeffrey (Hurst & Company, London, 2000).
Zen and the art of holidaying
Published : November 29, 2003
Funny how one can find a place as peaceful as this right in the middle
of chaotic Bihar.
Bodhgaya is, naturally, full of bodhi trees, its avenues are shady and
the snout of the Mahabodhi temple rises awe-inspiringly amidst the green
Serenity apart, the little town is perhaps the most popular of all the
holy sites linked to Buddhism and is much more of a working Buddhist
centre than an archaeological site. full
PM road project chief shot
Patna, Nov. 27: The project manager who had directly written to Prime
Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee about irregularities in the National Highways
Authority of India golden quadrilateral project was shot this morning
at Gaya by unidentified persons. Satyendar Dubey, on his way back from
Varanasi, was going from the railway station to his A.P. Colony residence
when he was killed near the circuit house. He was in his mid thirties.
The golden quadrilateral project aims to link Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta
and Chennai. The project, one of the largest in the world with an overall
length of 14,162 km, also aims to create north-south and east-west corridors
connecting Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Silchar to Saurashtra....full
BUDDH GAYA AND ITS ASSOCIATIONS
[From: J. C. Oman, Mystics, Ascetics and Saints of India, London:
T. Fisher Unwin, 1905.] Melbourne, 26 November. A fascinating account
of a visit to Bodhgaya undertaken soon after the restoration of the
temple in the 1880s.
"If it were possible to ascertain, by any means, what particular
spot on earth is the most sacred in the opinion of mankind, there is
reason to think that the majority of votes would be given in favour
of Buddh Gaya, which is held in high veneration by both Buddhists and
Hindus. Such a spot is certainly worth a visit. Leaving the busy town
of Bankipore one afternoon in April, I travelled some fifty-seven miles
to Gaya, by the branch railway, over a level uninteresting looking country,
unredeemed in its drear monotony except by picturesque groups of slender
Buddha Gayá Guide for 1881
Melbourne, 26 November. Read from the guide to Bodhgaya for 1881 by
Edward Eastwick published by John Murray in London in the guide to the
Presidency of Bengal.
Buddha Gayá.—The distance of this place from Gayá is 7 m. For the first
5 m. the road is good, but unshaded by trees. The traveller will
pass, on his right, the prison of Gayá, After 5m. he will turn tothe
left, and go for 2 m. along a country road, where the many ruts and
inequalities oblige carriage-horses to walk. The temple of Buddha Gayá
is built in a hollow, which diminishes its apparent height. It is also
shut in by small houses. more
Bhutan's Royal Family Arrives in Bodhgaya
Bodhgaya, 24 November (Dainik
Jagran). Late on Sunday night a high level delegation including
the Bhutanese Prince and his wife and 20 people arrived in Bodhgaya
as royal guests.
Prince "Dering Bang Chu" along with a the high level delegation
first of all went to have darshan of the temple and perform puja
and worship. In the morning after resting over night Prince Chu after
visiting various temples went again to the Mahabodhi Temple and performed
puja. After that he set off via road to Rajgir and Nalanda. The
prince was greeted in the temple by the member [of the legislative assembly?]
Dr Ramrup Singh who showed him the temple.
Japanese scientists to study protection of sacred tree
By Imran Khan, Patna, Nov 24 (NewKerala.com)
The Mahabodhi Temple is taking the help of Japanese scientists to look
for ways to rescue the holy tree at Buddhism's birthplace from certain
The tree in Bodh Gaya, 110 km from here, which grew from the original
banyan tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment 2,500 years
ago, is situated behind the Mahabodhi Temple, which Unesco declared
a world heritage site in June.
"A team of two Japanese botanists visited Bodh Gaya this week and
collected extracts from the Mahabodhi banyan tree, its leaves and soil
to study in their laboratory in Japan," said temple committee secretary
Kali Charan Yadav.
The team would then suggest measures to protect the holy tree, said
to be nearly 110 years old, near the Mahabodhi Temple.
After the threat to the holy tree was reported in Japanese media, Japanese
organisations came forward to help protect the holy tree. full
Tourist Industry gets new income from Air Services Starting up
Bodhgaya, 23 November, (Dainik
Jagran). A new source of income has opened up for the tourist business
with the starting up of air services from various countries in view
of hte start of the tourist season to the world famous pilgrimage site
of Bodhgaya. In particular it has meant an increase for the hotel business.
Several offices have also opened in hotels for the various charter and
scheduled airlines landing at the airport. It is due to this also that
various new hotels are being built.
The tourist season in Bodhgaya begins this month. Tourists have also
started arriving in fair quantities too. The senior manager of the Hotel
Lotus Nikko Ajay Bharti believes that year 2003 will be a good tourist
season. He said that in October and November the hotel business has
been good. However between December 15th to January 15th due to Christmas
there are not too many crowds. However, there are good bookings of foreign
tourists up to March. Whilst 19 charter flights under the supervision
of Phuket Airlines are being organised by Lotus Trance [trans?] Travels.
Mahamaya hotels owner Sudama Kumar and manager Sanand Kumar believe
that this season is begining slowly. But, tourist bookings are good
from next month. For years there is going to be considerable profit
from the landing of international planes at the Gaya airport. Due to
this hotel business is being developed by the opening of an Indian Airlines
office in the Hotel Royal Residency, Royal Bhutan's Duk Air in the hotel
Darbar, Thailand's charter airline Phuket Air in the Nikko hotel and
Sri Lanka Air line's office in a [unnamed] hotel, etc.
Lumbini On Trial: The Untold Story
UK, 21 November, Mr T.A.Phelps.
There are compelling reasons for believing that the present site of
Lumbini, the Buddha's birthplace, may not be the real Lumbini site at
all, but the result of an astonishing deception, begun in 1896, and
unwittingly fostered ever since. It is an extraordinary tale, now told
for the first time. read the full
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Due to Technical Fault Indian Airlines Flight to Calcutta not able
to board Gaya, 18th November (Dainik
The international flight from Bodhgaya to Thailand on Tuesday was not
able to board passengers for the flight to Calcutta. All the 81 passengers
were travelling to Calcutta but were put up in two hotels in Bodhgaya
The flight arrived from Thailand with 35 passengers who all got off
and was to board 81 passengers to go to Calcutta, of whom ten were 'Depoti'
[Deportees?]. Everybody's luggage was sealed away in a customs warehouse
and they were put up at hotels. full
story on Dainik Jagran
Display Includes Beads Said to be Formed When a Buddhist Master
By BILL BROADWAY (15 November)
The Washington Post (The
Ledger.com) WASHINGTON, D.C.
Those who will have the rare opportunity this fall to view remains of
Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, founder 2,500 years ago of one of the
world's great religions, might be in for a surprise.
Unlike most religious relics, typically pieces of saints' bones, the
remains of great Buddhist teachers include tiny pearllike objects known
as ringsel. These crystalline beads are said to be formed when a Buddhist
master is cremated and to settle into the shape of a heart, conch, flower
or other object.
The Heart Shrine Relics are so named because they will be placed permanently
in the heart area of a 500-foot statue to be constructed in Kushinagar,
a town in northern India where Shakyamuni Buddha died. The massive bronze
statue will represent the Maitreya, or "loving kindness,"
Buddha, an enlightened being of the future who Buddhists believe will
bring world peace. Full
story on Fort Worth Ledger website
Sahara flies to Colombo; makes history
Abhijeet Kulkarni in Colombo | November 14, 2003 19:14 IST
Private carrier Air Sahara became the country's first private airlines
to cross the Indian Shores when its maiden flight landed at the Bandaranaike
International Airport in Colombo on Friday.
The chartered non-revenue flight, S2 501, which embarked on its first
ever sojourn from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi,
was accorded a warm welcome by the Sri Lankan government.
"A major chunk of Sri Lankan visitors to India are religious tourists
who visit Buddhist worship centres and we plan to exploit that potential
by providing connecting services to places like Sarnath (Varanasi),
Bodhgaya (Patna) and Kushinagar (Gorakhpur)." [full
story on Rediff.com]
Buddha tees off yen tourism drive from the greens
A STAFF REPORTER, 8 November, (The
Telegraph). Hounded by healthcare horrors and rattled by the rally
row, it is time for the chief minister to take a swing on the
golfing greens. Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has teed off a fresh initiative
to woo international tourists to this part of the world for its
ecology, for its heritage and for its fairways.
Look how Delhi has tied up tourism with the game by laying out
three designer golf courses (DLF Golf & Country Club, Golden Greens
and Classic Golf Resorts) along the drive to Jaipur, pointed out
Brandon De Souza, president, Tiger Sports Marketing (TSM), which drives
the Indian Tour. TSM had recently suggested to the government that Calcutta
be linked to Patna and Bodh Gaya through an integrated golf-tourism
blueprint to cash in on the Buddhism connection. If the state
is keen to develop allied areas of interest in its backyard, like heritage
spots and eco-tourism parks, the whole picture could change real quick,
clarifies the golf consultant. full story on the Telegraph.com
Bihar govt to sue Reliance Infocomm
Thursday, 06 November , 2003, 13:57 (Sify.com).
Patna: After trying to cast off its IT-unfriendly image by resolving
to gift laptops to 318 legislators, the Bihar government has now trained
its guns on Reliance Infocomm. Tourism Minister Ashok Kumar Singh said
on Wednesday that Reliance used information technology to portray a
negative picture of the state as a tourist destination on its website,
The minister was reacting to reports that the company had presented
an unflattering image of the state's four major tourist spots - Gaya,
Bodh Gaya, Patna and Rajgir - on the travel tips option on Reliance
India Mobile (RIM) declaring them unsafe.
On Gaya, the RIM asked its users to be alert as incidents of theft and
robbery was common and advised them not to wear expensive jewellery.
About Bodh Gaya it said since power cuts were frequent, tourists should
carry a torch and not travel after sunset, the minister said.
"Not a single tourist coming to Bihar has been a victim of crime
and we supply even toothbrushes at hotels run by tourism department,"
the minister said adding the state earned around Rs 36 crore from tourism
sector in 2002. Full story on Sify.com
Jois opens meditation centre
TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ MONDAY, NOVEMBER 03, 2003 01:24:12 AM ]. GAYA: (Times
of India).Governor M Rama Jois on Saturday inaugurated a meditation
centre at Bodh Gaya. Built at a cost of Rs 40 lakh, the meditation centre
is designed to offer a congenial place of uninterrupted meditation to
the large number of tourists and pilgrims visiting Bodh Gaya in their
quest for the peace of mind. full
story at TOI
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