Eight Injured Including one Pilgrim in various Incidents
Bodhgaya, October 20, (Dainik
Jagran). In various incidents in Bodhgaya on Monday eight people
were injured including one pilgrim. The injured are being treated in
Gaya private hospital.
Due to a Tempo going out of control and overturning near the Chinese
Temple six Bengali pilgrims were injured. All the pilgrims were touring
Bodhgaya in a Tempo. A female passenger Gita Mitro was sent for special
treatment to a private clinic in Gaya and the other passengers were
treated in Bodhgaya. After the incident the driver of the Tempo was
able to successfully escape with his Tempo.
The second incident happened near the Tibetan temple were the child
of a pilgrim from Orissa was hit by a scooter. In another incident a
worker at the High school in the compound of Magadh university was driving
a scooter which was hit by a Maruti car. He is being treated in Gaya.
Criminals assault three Japanese monks
PRANAVA K CHAUDHARY (Times
[ MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2003 03:05:25 AM ]
PATNA: More than a dozen armed miscreants brutally assaulted three Japanese
monks at Hachka village on Grand Trunk Road under the Gorhar police
station in Hazaribag district in Jharkhand on Saturday night. They were
returning to Kolkata after participating in the 34th anniversary function
of the Vishwa Shanti Stupa at Rajgir on October 25. The miscreants also
looted all their belongings, including cash and passport. [Full
story on the Times of India website
[not a lot of Bodhgaya news recently it seems]
Bangkok Flight Does not arrive at Gaya Due to Lack of Passengers
Bodhgaya, 1 October (Dainik
Jagran). Due to lack of passengers the Indian Airlines flight AC-729
did not come to Gaya from Bangkok on Tuesday. It is also known that
Saturday's AC-730 flight from Bangkok to Gaya could not land at Gaya
due to lack of night landing facilities. Supan Mukherjee, Indian Airlines
official said that on 25th September only seven reservations were made.
Arrangements were made to send these passengers to Calcutta to catch
the flight. He said that it was known that this flight would be cancelled
but next Saturday's flight would be on schedule.
Firing and Stone Throwing between Two Parties
Gaya, 29 September 2003 (Dainik
Jagran). Firing and stone throwing occurred on Monday morning at
Kendui on the Gaya to Bodhgaya road. Due to which traffic was held up
for about an hour.
A dispute between the Dalit students of the Kendui Medical precinct
and another community took a violent form. Both sides started to throw
stones and whilst this was happening country made pistols were fired
from both sides. The incident happened between eight and nine in the
morning. Several people were injured in the stone throwing. The in charge
of the medical precinct Mr Shiv Kumar Singh went to the site and took
the situation under control. There is no news of anybody being arrested
over this matter.
Pindadan offered in the courtyard of Buddha the Ninth Avatar of
Gaya, 16 September, (Dainik
Jagran). According to Hindu beliefs Lord Buddha is known as the
ninth Avatar of Vishnu. Due to this the offering of pindadan is going
on in the courtyard of the international heritage site at Bodhgaya of
the Mahabodhi temple. Thousands each day are making offerings inthe
temple compound and at the Muchalinda tank. more
Pitripaksha Mela overshadowed by Maha Kumbha Mela
Gaya, 15 September (Dainik
Jagran). Five days have passed in the Pitripaksha Mela happening
in the Northern Indian cultural centre of Gaya. The speed of pilgrims
arriving in those five days has been fairly slow. It is believed that
the reason for this is the Maha Kumbha Mela which is reaching its completion
in Nasik in Maharashtra. The Gayapala Priestly community believes that
this is the reason for the lack of pilgrims. Full
Bodhgayanews hits around 146 pages a day more
Extremists Seize Vinobha Bhave's Ashram
Bankebazar, 8 September (Dainik
Jagran). Vinobha Bhave's Savodaya Ashram called Latua in Bankebazar
block is on the verge of destruction as it has been seized by extremists
from the notorious MCCI organisation.
It is notable that eight km west of the block office in Bankebazar nestled
in the hills is the village of Latua where the saint Vinobha Bhave came
and established an Ashram. Mr Bhave managed to get around a thousand
acres of land in this area redistributed to landless labourers. Along
with this he got foreign aid in teaching the locals here about new agricultural
techniques. Some years ago the foreigners left and the management of
the Ashram was left in the hands of the head of the Bhudan sacrifice
committee Mr Divakar. For some years he ran it as a charitable school.
It is said that after his departure it has fallen into the hands of
the MCCI. The Ashram has about 50 acres of agricultural land and five
acres of Guava orchards. These fruits are now being sold by the MCCI
and being looked after by the local committee of revolutionary farmers.
Absconding Master Crimminal Caught
Bodhgaya, 7 September (Dainik
Jagran). Absconding and cunning crimminal wanted for Bodhgaya station
case123/02 was caught on Saturday and sent to jail. The Police Station
in-charge Devanda Mishra said that the crimminal was a resident of Pariaya
village. He was concerned in several cases registered in the Bodhgaya
Mother Goddess's Golden Eyes Stolen
Bodhgaya, 2 September (Dainik
Jagran). Unknown thieves stole the golden eyes out of the image
of the goddess on Monday night in the ancient temple of the Goddess
situated in Pachheti suburb of Bodhgaya. According to information received
about six months ago during restoration of the temple a devotee from
the village had golden eyes fixed in the image.
Three Arrested with Buddha Image
Tankuppa (Gaya), 25 August (Dainik
Jagran). Police arrested three people on Sunday night with an ancient
Buddha image. This image was recovered in the village of Shahpokhar
in the Fatehpur precinct. According to police sources during a raid
on the home of K. M. Khalil and M. Vasir the Buddha image was seized.
Police also seized a pistol and five live cartridges. The above mentioned
were arrested. The arrested K. M. Khalil and M. Vasir gave indications
which led to the arrest of Rajesh Mistri of Dumarichatti village.
Surendra Goes Home On an Elephant Gaya, 16 August (Dainik
Jagran). The accused in the contraversial abduction of Atul Prakash
and three police officers case former State Minister Dr Surendra Prasad
Yadav emerged today from the Jail ward of the Hospital riding on an
elephant. Mr Yadav got a bail warrant issued by Patna High Court on
Thursday. He had been in custody for the previous two and a half months.
Mr Yadav's procession emerged from the Jail ward of the Gaya Anugraha
Narayan Medical College and Hospital at one o'clock and set off for
his residence located in Chirayatand. Since Saturday there had been
a celebratory atmosphere amongst his supporters in the grounds of the
hospital. The city resounded to the sight and sound of his followers
dancing to the playing of various famous bands and musical troupes.
Accompanied by cavalcades of motorcycles and cars. Mr Yadav's supporters
seated him on an elephant in the hospital grounds themselves. He was
greated with garlands of flowers by various leaders including Shyamdev
Paswan the MLA for Fatehpur, the District Council Chief Bindeshwari
Prasad Yadav, alias, Bindi Yadav, and others. In order to complete the
paperwork for his discharge from jail he arrived at the central prison
at four o'clock, and after completing the paperwork went to his home.
Thousands of his follows accompanied him following on behin him. The
crowds of officials and MLAs wishing to give him good wishes on his
release from jail had begun to gather at this home from early in the
afternoon. For his supporters and the voters of the area arrangements
for their food had been made in pavillions set up outside his home.
Thousands of people enjoyed excellent catering. [the rest of the story
is a list of people who congratulated him on his release.]
India to put a Space Craft on the Moon by 2008 New Delhi, 15
Jagran). The Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee today made an announcement
that by 2008 India would send it's first space craft to the moon, to
be called Moon-One. Speaking from the parade ground at the Red Fort
at the celebration of the 57th anniversary of Indian Independence he
said that India had already started making preparations for this in
the space sector.
[note: due to the new structure of the Dainik Jagran website I have
to get to Bihar news via National news, so I may put the odd national
story in which catches my eye.]
Scheme to put 'Dustbins' on platforms Gaya, 27 July (Dainik
Jagran). In a scheme to move towards a neat and clean and beautiful
station the railway has began an initiative. In this initiative around
70 large sized dustbins [note: English word 'dustbin' is being used
here] will be placed around the station. The scheme is for beauty and
cleanliness to display flowers and foliage in vases in them.
In order to stop refuse spreading around the platforms around 60 large
sized dustbins will be placed. These will be used by passengers. This
information was given by the railway district hospital which said that
this work was being done by the health department. The sources said
that an attempt was being made to make the platforms appear clean and
beautiful. In this near to all the offices vases of beautiful flowers
and foliage would be situated.
Accused Arrested in Dowry Murder
Bodhgaya, July 21 (Dainik
Jagran). On Saturday night the Police arrested Babalu Sav the main
accused in the village of Pareva in the Bodhgaya precinct Dowry Murder
case and sent him to prison.
[Note: there has not been a lot of Bodhgaya news in the Dainik Jagran
recently. Also the Jagran has recently changed its website to a database
format which means all previous links no longer work to Jagran articles.]
American tourist robbed in Bodh Gaya Indo-Asian News Service
Patna, July 16 (Hindustan
Times). An American tourist, Ronaldo Varuno, was robbed of Rs 4
lakh on Tuesday afternoon by his taxi driver near the tourist town of
Bodh Gaya in Bihar, police said. Varuno was travelling to Bodh Gaya,
110 km from Patna, in a rented Maruti van that he had hired from Hajipur
in Vaishali district, police said. The American was in Bihar to visit
historical sites connected to Buddhism. Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment
2,500 years ago in Bodh Gaya. A police official said that Varuno was
robbed only off his money, his other belongings are safe, adding that
they have sent a team to Hajipur to search for the van driver.
Policeman burnt to Death in Gaya, two killed, eight injured including
Gaya, July 4. (Dainik
In the extremist effected Paraiya district of Gaya on Wednesday night
in a co-ordinated attack by the banned organisations The Maoist Communist
Center and Peoples' War they burnt one policeman to death and riddled
two others with bullets. In the violent exchange eight officers, one
of whom was a watchman, were injured. The extremists burnt the police
station down and a jeep and escaped with some supplies. [full
story on Dainik Jagran]
Work on Revision of Electoral Register Begins in Bodhgaya Block
Bodhgaya, June 28. (Dainik
The work on the revision of the electoral register in Bodhgaya block
has begun again amidst an atmosphere of rising and falling expectations.
It is said that there has been an increase in the roughly 25 thousand
voters of the block. A though investigation of which is being done by
the block development officer. An order has been issued for all the
25 thousand voters to present themselves in order at the block office.
Due to the inclusion of rural voters in this list there has been criticism
of the block office.
It is said that in the last revision of the electoral register whilst
sitting in the office the figures were adjusted so as to harmonise the
increases. But due to the complaints at the election the procedure is
now being done in an organised manner. Meanwhile some voters say that
the register has already been revised on the basis of the 1995 register,
and it is only natural that the number of voters should have greatly
increased over such a long time. Especially in the urban area of Bodhgaya
there has been a great increase.
Reliable sources say that some teachers have once more been appointed
to make an entirely new register of voters. According to the block development
officer Afaja-ul Rahmana the review work may be finished by the 7th
Restoration Work on Mahabodhi Temple Halted for a fortnight
Bodhgaya, June 24 ( (Dainik
The restoration works have been halted for about a fortnight on World
Heritage monument the Mahabodhi temple situated in the tourist site
The whole temple is being restored under the auspices of the Archaeological
Survey of India. When the President of India visited on the 31st of
May last the work was halted due to security considerations and the
scaffolding around the temple taken down.
During the restoration work the exterior plaster of the temple is being
removed and replaced with a new plaster made according to an ancient
recipe. The restoration works are taking place after a gap of 47 years
since the last time under the Archaeological experts supervision. The
restoration work has been largely completed on the South side to the
two small sub spires. It is noteworthy that the committee is spending
about 40 lakh rupees on the restoration works. Two years were allotted
for the work. But, it is possible that the work will not be finished
during that time. The Temple Management Committee secretary Mr Kali
Charan Singh Yadav said that within a few days work would be on again
in an organised form.
I am like a true disciple of Buddha: Kalam
Bodh Gaya (Bihar), May 31. (PTI, via the Hindu): "Like a true disciple
of Lord Buddha, I always crave for truth," President A P J Abdul Kalam
told a group of Buddhist monks today during an interaction under the
Bodhi tree where Prince Siddharth attained enlightenment to become the
President comes as a pilgrim to Bodhgaya
Bodhgaya, May 31 ( (Dainik
The President considered himself blessed to come here on Saturday when
he fulfilled a longheld aspiration. He came himself in the form of a
pilgrim to Bodhgaya. It was intensely hot, but without a hat or umbrella
he walked around in the burning sun.
He entered the temple compound barefoot and went to the temple and worshipped
sitting down in the inner sanctum. Like an ordinary pilgrim he sat in
the shade of the Bodhi tree. In his own words he said he was moved by
the splendour of the image and the temple. He felt moved. He chatted
with the monks and laughter could be heard. He kept looking at the tree.
He knew it was the tree where Siddharta got enlightenment. He kept rubbing
his feet with his hands and several times closed his eyes as if in meditation.
All was silent nearby and everything was peaceful. When he went to the
Muchalinda pond he also seemed like an ordinary pilgrim and clapped
with joy when he saw the fish in the pond. The fish were hungry and
he fed them with rice. He swayed like a person full of joy. During his
tour of Bodhgaya the President was like an ordinary person. There was
not a hint of any pomp and circumstance during the visit.
[Interesting to compare with another take on the same story from the
Like a Curfew at the scene of Peace
Bodhgaya, May 31 ( (Dainik
The distict administration's security arrangements made the scene of
the great peace resemble a curfew. Saturday may indeed have been the
President's day but for tourists it made life very difficult. Even the
media found it difficult to even get a drink of water. Whilst scores
of locals stood in the burning sun for hours in hope of catching a glimpse.
The Presidents helicopter arrived at 12.40, but all the shops on the
route from the helipad to the temple were closed from 8am onwards. Perhaps
this was done from the viewpoint of security, but the police were watching
everything and people were not even allowed near the shops without identification
cards. Due to this the entire area was deserted. All vehicles were stopped
from entering Bodhgaya on both entrance roads at a distance of about
2 km. Pilgrims were also prevented from entering the temple from the
morning on. You could say that nobody from outside Bodhgaya was allowed
to enter it at all. Hundreds of people held on to hopes of seeing the
President in temperatures of 43.7 people still came out of their homes.
A few could be seen standing near the barricading by the helipad, but
not a glimpse was to be had. The moment the helicopter landed the air
was full of dust and the president got into his car and went straight
to the temple.
Police Arrive in Bodhgaya to investigate abduction
Gaya, 13 June, (Dainik
The Rohtas Police arrived in Bodhgaya on Tuesday night In connection
with the investigation of sensational abduction of two gold merchants
According to sources at the police station on the fifth of June at the
house of the abducted gold merchants at 8.29 in the morning a call of
35 seconds was recorded from the phone booth outside of Magadh University
in which a demand for money was made. The commanding officer of the
Police station said that the Rohtas police had taken a print out of
all the calls made that day from that phone booth. Due to a marriage
taking place at the house of the booth operator he could not be questioned.
Motorcycle Passenger Killed in Vehicle Accident
Gaya, 9 June, (Dainik
On Sunday night on the Gaya-Bodhgaya road in a collision between a motorcycle
and a tempo one motorcycle passenger was killed and a second is in a
According to police sources to the East of Bodhgaya near to the Burmese
Vihar a red tempo went out of control and ran into a Bajaj motorcycle.
The passengers on the motorcycle, Ashok Malakar an inhabitant of the
Manglagauri suburb of Gaya and Jitendra Yadav were injured. For better
treatment Ashok was referred to Patna where his death took place. One
of Jitendra's feet was fractured in the accident. His treatment is being
carried out in the Magadh Medical college and hospital.
Money Extorted from Small Shopkeepers on the pretense of contracting
Gaya, 7 June, (Dainik
Jagran). Protection money is being extorted from the small shop
keeper on the Godam road in Bodhgaya on the pretense that it is contract
fees. The local administration is unable to stop this exploitation of
the shopkeepers. The local shop keepers have made a demand that the
excesses should be reigned in and the rates should be fixed by the local
On the Godam road from Gandhi Chowk there are all manner of small stalls.
The shops here sell vegetables, cloth, make-up, shoes, brassware, etc.
Most of the people setting up stalls are from local villages and traders
from the market.
The stall holders say there are two officials who have been appointed
to collect taxes from the stalls on the footpath. There are separate
officers for the Sunday and Monday markets. Stall holders Sitaram Prasad,
Makholi Devi, Ramaratiya Devi , Surayu Mahto, Ravi Kumar, Anvar, Rajiya
Khatoon etc. said that the Bodhgaya local council has fixed a rate of
two rupees a basket to be charged. But the contractors are extracting
four to six rupees a basket. If the stall holders do not give in to
the excessive demands they are beaten up. The foot path stall holders
are demanding the local administration should take appropriate action
to stop the excesses.
President Kalam visits Bodhgaya
Manuwant Choudhary Sunday, June 1, 2003 (Bodhgaya): (NDTV)
President A P J Abul Kalam, also famously known an India's missile man,
visited the temple of peace—the Mahabodhi Temple at Bodhgaya. He said
it was his dream to visit the land where Buddha got enlightenment. But
Buddhist monks remained skeptical. But President Kalam said he saw no
contradiction in his past as a nuclear scientist and his passion for
peace. "Today I have taken a vow to bridge all islands to create a spiritual
island, something that Lord Buddha wanted," said the President. A missile
man is not quite a man of peace, but that's exactly what President Kalam
would like us to believe.
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