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Tourists attracted by Stupa made out of empty cartridges

Jul 25, 2010 4:24:11 AM - itnnews.lk

A unique mound-like structure called ‘Stupa’ made of empty cartridges from the war in Sri Lanka has turned a major draw for tourists in Bodhgaya.

The Stupa was established at the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya of India’s Bihar State this February to spread message of peace among the people in the world. A military group from Sri Lanka donated a Stupa made of empty cartridges. Bhante Sivali thera, a priest at the Mahabodhi temple said they pray that a war that was witnessed in Sri Lanka for the past 30 years would never take place, not only in their country but also anywhere in the world and that peace prevails in society.

The Mahabodhi Temple Complex is one of the four holy sites related to the life of the Lord Buddha. Siddhartha Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree, which is located in the temple complex. It is one of the earliest Buddhist temples built entirely in brick and still standing. It is 52 meters high and has a 24 meters high Buddha statue.

The 1949 Bodhgaya Act recognised the site as a Buddhist holy place. In 2002, UNESCO declared the Mahabodhi Temple a Heritage Site.