Buddhist Monks End Hunger Strike for Control Over Temple

January 14, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Bihar Times


A group of Buddhist monks Thursday ended their hunger strike for control over Bodh Gaya's 1,500-year-old Mahabodhi temple.

"We have ended the hunger strike as the district administration forced us, but we will continue to raise the demand for Buddhist control over the Bodh Gaya temple," one of the monks Bhante Gayanratan told IANS on phone.

The monks began their fast Jan 1 near the office of the temple management committee at Bodh Gaya, where the Buddha attained enlightenment 2,550 years ago. 

Another monk Bhante Budh Saran said they would not sit silent. "We will launch another non-violent protest against injustice to the Buddhists," he said.