Bangkok: Hundreds of Buddhist monks from South and Southeast Asia on Wednesday gathered outside the UN headquarters and Indian embassy in Bangkok to demand increased security at Mahabodi shrine, an important seat of Buddhism in India.
More than 400 Buddhist monks marched to the UN headquarters and then the Indian embassy to protest the Sunday's terror attack on one of the holiest Buddhist sites in the Indian state of Bihar.
Two monks were injured when 10 serial blasts stuck Mahabodhi temple at Bodh Gaya.
Thailand, being a Buddhist-dominated nation sees hundreds of its people visiting Bodh Gaya every year.
"The Mahabodi is like the heart of Buddhists all over the world, so the bomb attacks was a shock," said Pornchai Pinyapong, head of the World Youth Buddhist Association, which organized the protest march.

"We want the Indian government to protect Mahabodi shrine more seriously and restore the damaged sections," he said. Pornchai also said that security measures were not adequate for Buddhism's sacred seat.


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