"The ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) has accepted the proposal of a Buddhist pilgrim with certain terms and condition to decorate the Mahabodhi temple's dome with gold," Nitish Kumar said.

After the serial blasts last month, ASI confirmed that no damage had been detected in the temple's structure. The Mahabodhi temple is estimated to have been built between the 5th and 6th century AD. It was a long-lost structure that was re-discovered in the 19th century by the ASI's founder, Alexander Cunningham.

The Mahabodhi temple is a World Heritage site where Lord Buddha had attained enlightenment. It is visited by millions of pilgrims annually from all over the world, especially from Sri Lanka, China, Japan and the Southeast Asian region.


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