The three-day International Buddhist conclave in which delegates from 47 countries, including former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Chandrika Kumaratunga along with Prime Minister Narendra Singh Modi will be seen participating in it. Modi reached Bodh Gaya on Saturday morning with tight security. This marks the first visit of Modi to Bodh Gaya after he became the prime minister. He was received by Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind and Minister Shyam Razak at the airport in Gaya. Bodh Gaya Temple Management Committee secretary N. Dorjee claimed that Modi will be seen present at the ceremony in the temple premises addressing monks and religious heads of several countries, offering special prayers and then visiting a photo exhibition on Buddhist heritage and the holy relics of Lord Buddha at the Mahabodhi Society of India.
Bihar Governor and Modi reached the pious temple, prayed for few minutes and then sat for meditation under the Bhodhi tree along with other foreign delegates. According to police officials, Bodh Gaya has been turned into a fortress and a 16-member Special Protection Group (SPG) team has been monitoring the security arrangements. Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar did not attend the event held in Gaya. The Maoists had called for a ‘bandh’ of Magadh in view of the PM’s visit to Bodh Gaya.
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