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‘I could hardly understand what had happened’

Vilasa GGA,a research scholar enrolled at the Myanmar Buddhist Academy,had just completed his 15-minute meditation

Vilasa GGA,a research scholar enrolled at the Myanmar Buddhist Academy,had just completed his 15-minute meditation and started walking around the Bodhi tree when a bomb exploded. He suffered injuries on his face,chest and legs,and though out of danger,is in a state of shock now.

Vilasa is one of the two injured in the blasts. He is being treated at Gaya’s Anugrah Narain Medical College and Hospital. His teacher Nanda,who accompanied Vilasa to the hospital,said: “He is out of danger but cannot speak because of shock. I heard the explosion and rushed to the temple. Vilasa is from Myanmar and has no close relative living here. We have to take care of him. Even if there is no loss of human life,the symbol of Buddhism has been attacked. It will not only hurt tourist inflow but also Bodhgaya will take some time to recover from psychological wounds.”

Tenzing Dorjee (60),a staffer at Nigma Temple,had gone to pray at the Mahabodhi temple. “Just as I was doing rounds,a splinter pierced my right ankle and another hit my left knee. I could hardly understand what had happened.” He too is recovering at AMNCH; doctors have taken out a one-inch-long iron nail from his ankle and handed it over to the police. His friend Sonam said that Dorjee,originally from Tibet,has been living in Bodhgaya for many years. His family stays in Karnataka. Sonam said: “It is more shock and disbelief than anything else. It’s time the temple security is strengthened.”