Lord Buddha Not Avatar of Vishnu: Ven. Anand
Bodhgaya, 29 May. Ven. Anand the National Secretary of the All India
Monks Association said that saying that Buddha was an Avatar
of Vishnu and that the Pandavas came to Bodhgaya is a fantasy being
put forward in order to gain possession Mahabodhi Temple. 
He said forcefully that Lord Buddha was not the ninth Avatar of
Vishnu. Ven. Anand said this in a written statement issued at the conclusion
of the Buddha Purnima festival.
It is notable that on the day of Buddha Purnima Festival the Vishva
Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal and the Shiv Sena unfurled a banner in Bodhgaya
saying 'Buddha is an Avatar of Vishnu'. There was a harsh reaction
to the banner amongst the New-Buddhists and the administration had to
intervene between them. It was in relation to this response that the
National Secretary issued his statement.
Ven Anand said this was part of the forceful attempt by Hindus to take
possession of the Mahabodhi temple. It was an imaginary fiction to claim
that Buddha was an avatar of Vishnu. Because the Buddha himself did
not believe in Avatars and did not announce that he was himself an Avatar
so to call him an Avatar was an imaginary story. Ven. Anand made the
claim that the images which are worshipped in the temple compound as
the Five Pandava brothers were Buddha images. Ven. Ananda demanded that
this be investigated by the Archaeological Department.
It is known that in the 90s when the Temple Liberation movement's cry
was first raised in the temple compound the clothes were torn from the
images worshipped as the five Pandavas in front of the temple and their
water pitchers [kalash:-PGF] were broken. There was considerable
controversy over this matter. In those temples today the priests of
Bodhgaya [Hindu] Monastery still officiate over rites and rituals. The
care for and supervision of the said Five Pandava temples are today
in the responsibility of the Monastery. The Mahabodhi Temple Management
Committee makes no expenses on these temples.
In this matter Ven. Anand has again repeated that these images are Buddhas.
Ven. Anand says that matters will willfully put into the 1949 Temple
Management Act due to the weakness of the Buddhists and a second act
was made in which there are five Hindu members of the Committee. He
said that fundamentalist Hindus wanted to wield the staff of their 'gangsterism'
over the peoples of other religions.
He alleged that it was not even laughable, but rather puerile to say
that Hindus and Buddhists were brothers. Buddhists culture was opposed
to Brahmin culture. He said that some educated people wanted to express
their ideas by distorting the Hindu dictionary.
Which in this scientific age was not possible.
Ven. Anand objected to the prevention of the sale of some books on Buddha
Purnima by the DM. Along with this he said that the DM should not have
done this. Also on the day of Buddha Purnima the temple in-charge Bodhipala
distributed cloth for robes to some Lamas. Whilst cloth for robes was
not distributed to Indian monks. Due to this the Buddhists were distressed.
 lit. Mahavihar, 'great
monastery' apparently being used here to refer to the temple as, I think
mandir, 'temple' is seen as being a Hindu word.
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