Two dozen commandos from Thailand are guarding nearly 300 kg gold in 13 boxes in Bihar’s Bodh Gaya as work began to cover the dome of the 1,500-year old Mahabodhi temple with gold. The much-awaited work to gold-plate the dome is being carried out by a team of technical experts from Thailand, officials said.
Two days after the 289 kg gold, donated by Buddhist devotees from Thailand, was brought at Bodh Gaya in a special plane from Bangkok, experts have started the work under tight security in and around the temple, said N Dorjee, secretary of the Bodh Gaya temple management committee.
“It is a happy moment for all of us that the spire of the temple will get a glittering look with gold,” Dorjee said. Arvind Kumar Singh, a committee member, said the work is being videographed since it involves handling gold. He said the team is led by Thailand’s former deputy PM General Pricha.