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Mahabodhi, Vishnupad temples in Bihar to have CCTV cameras

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New Delhi, Mon, 03 Jun 2013NI Wire

Bihar’s pride and Buddhism’s holiest shrine, 1500 year old Mahabodhi temple and famous Hindu temple of Vishnupad in Gaya would soon get CCTVs in their premises, Bihar’s Urban Development Minister Prem Kumar said on Monday.
The move has been taken following a threat of a terrorist attack at these places. “I have instructed district authorities to install CCTVs at Mahabodhi temple and Vishnupad temple soon for security reasons,” Kumar said.
“CCTVs will not only keep a watch on suspicious activities, they would also record everything as proof”, he added.
Kumar said authorities at both the temples have been asked to identify the locations for the installation of CCTVs, including at points of entry and exit.
Ganesh Kumar, Gaya Superintendent of Police said that he had held discussions with the minister Sunday, and an agreement was reached that the cameras would be installed soon.
Earlier last year, security of the Mahabodhi temple was handed over to the Special Task Force (STF) of Bihar Police.
The temple at Bodh Gaya was built at the place where Buddha attained enlightenment 2,550 years ago. It has also been declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2002.
Vishnupad temple, which is a temple of Hindu god Vishnu and visited by thousands of Hindus from India and abroad every year is on the hit list of terror groups.
An annual fortnight-long Pitrapaksh, during which Hindus make ritualistic offering called “pindadan” for the salvation of their forefathers, takes place at the temple.
Thousands of Hindus from every part of the country and even from abroad gather in this town, about 100 km from state capital Patna.
Priests called Gaywal-pandas perform the prayers at Vishnupad temple. Moreover, it is believed that Lord Rama and his wife Sita performed this religious rite for King Dasharath, Rama’s father, at this place

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