Mahabodhi temple, one of the world's holiest Buddhist shrines, is to have its dome inlaid with 300 kilogrammes of gold donated by His Majesty the King and other devotees
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Thai workers apply gold inlay to the spire of India's Mahabodhi Temple, in Bodh Gaya, some 100 kilometres from Patna. AFP
Indian temple to glitter with 300kg of Thai gold
The Mahabodhi Temple. Photo by Ken Weiland licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.
PATNA, INDIA - Mahabodhi temple, one of the world's holiest Buddhist shrines, is to have its dome inlaid with 300 kilogrammes of gold donated by His Majesty the King and other devotees, officials said Thursday.
The precious metal arrived late Monday on a special flight from Bangkok and is under armed guard at the temple in Bodh Gaya, a holy town about 100 kilometres from Patna, the capital of Bihar state.
"A 40-member team including experts and two dozen commandos from Thailand have arrived at Bodh Gaya with gold in 13 boxes," Arvind Kumar Singh, a member of the temple management committee, said.
The gold is worth around US$14.5 million (450 million baht) at the current international price.
The work at the complex, which was rocked by a series of crude bombs in July, was likely to be finished in about a month.
The Mahabodhi temple, built about 1,500 years ago, is a Unesco world heritage site and marks the place where the Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment in 531 BC.
Along with temples, dozens of monasteries housing monks from around the world are located near the complex which has a celebrated 24-metre-tall statue of the Buddha.
After his meditations beneath a holy tree, the Buddha is said to have devoted the rest of his life to teaching.
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama makes frequent trips to the complex, which attracts visitors during the peak tourist season from October to March.
N Dorjee, secretary of the temple committee, said about 100 kg of gold had been donated by His Majesty and the rest by Buddhist devotees.
Princess Bajrakitiyabha of Thailand (3R) prays as she visits the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya on November 8, 2011. AFP
The decision to offer gold for the dome was taken last year by the king after which permission was sought from the local authorities, Mr Dorjee said.
"The first phase of the work involved chemical treatment and was completed in August. It prepared the foundation for gold plating,'' he said.
"Stairs have been now installed around the temple's dome to enable experts to reach the top of the structure and inlay it with thin gold sheets.''
In July, nine small bombs exploded at the temple complex, wounding two monks.
The blasts were allegedly carried out by the Indian Mujahideen, a home-grown extremist group, in retaliation for violence against Muslims by Buddhists in neighbouring Myanmar. AFP
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allegedly: stated without giving complete proof - ที่ถูกกล่าวหา, นัยว่า
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local: in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about - ท้องถิ่น
located: where something is - ตั้งอยู่
mark: to show that something is happening or happened - เป็นเครืองแสดง เป็นการเริ่มต้น
meditation: the practice of thinking deeply in silence, especially for religious reasons or in order to make your mind calm - การทำสมาธิ, วิปัสสนา
monastery: a building or series of buildings in which monks live, worship and work together - วัด, ที่อยู่อาศัยของพร
neighbouring: located or living near or next to a place or person - ติดกัน, ที่อยู่ใกล้เคียง, ที่ตั้งอยู่ใกล้เคียง
peak: the time when something is at its highest or greatest level - ช่วงเวลาที่พบมากที่สุด
permission: allowing someone to do something - การอนุญาต,การอนุมัติ,การยินยอม
phase: a particular period of time during the development of something - ตอน, ขั้นตอน, ช่วง, ระยะ
plating: a thin covering of a metal, especially silver or gold, on another metal - โลหะที่เคลือบอยู่ชั้นนอก
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violence: physical force with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people - ความรุนแรง, การใช้กำลังทำลาย
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wound: to cause to be hurt, especially where the skin or flesh is damaged, usually seriously - ทำให้บาดเจ็บ
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