Mahabodhi Mahavihara in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, will open as per its regular schedule – 5 am to 9pm – from December 21. Bodh Gaya Temple Management Committee (BTMC) has decided to initiate steps for the reopening of monasteries of other Buddhist countries in the town. The monasteries have been closed since March 23 due to Covid-19 pandemic.
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, BTMC secretary Nangzey Dorjee said it was decided at the meeting that the statue of Maitreya Buddha would be installed in the meditation park on Mahavihara campus. “The BTMC will also install the statue of Anagarika Dharmapala at the roundabout near its existing office. Anagarika Dharmapala was one of the founding contributors of non-violent Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism and a leading figure in Sri Lanka’s independence movement against British rule,” Dorjee said.