About this Site
Administration Bows to the All India Monks Association
Bodhgaya, 25 May. The District Administration has given in to the demand
of the All India Monks Association. The site for the Temple Management
Committee cultural program has been changed and the program for Buddha
Purnima tomorrow in the Kalacakra Maidan completely handed over to the
All India Monks Association. A letter this intent was issued by the
subcommittee of the District Magistrate on the 23rd of May.
In the letter issued on the 23rd is states clearly that permission has
been granted to the All India Monks Association to celebrate Buddha
Jubilee on the 26th of May in the Kalacakra Maidan. In the next line
of the letter it says that the cultural program of the Temple Management
Committee is to be organised in the Pragati Maidan. [a patch of land
near the tourist bungalows away from the centre of Bodhgaya:-PGF].
It is notable that the National Secretary of the All India Monks Association
the Venerable Ananda had written to the District Magistrate. In the
letter he stated clearly that for the previous five years the All India
Monks Association had organised programs and accomodation for Buddhists
and puja and devotional rituals. For this reason they should
be given permission again to hold their program on the said site.
It is worth noting that this letter of the Venerable Ananda had been
a headache for the local administration for some days. The Bodhgaya
Temple Management Committee had arranged for the coming Buddha Purnima
to not only have special puja ceremonies but also hold a cultural program.
According to previous information the Committee's cultural program was
to have been held on the Kalacakra Maidan. Due the Committee's program
and the All India Monks Association's program a situation of uncertainty
had been created.
Venerable Ananda of the All India Monks Association said that in this
matter talks had been held with the DM. In the end the DM had accepted
the validity of the All India Monks Association's claim and made the
Kalacakra Maidan available to them. For this the Venerable Ananda thanked
the DM Brajesh Mehotra.