Terror attacks on religious shrines in modern India

While India enjoys its secular status, many of the attacks on temples, mosques and churches have threatened the communal harmony of the country.

Religious shrines in India have been historically targets of extremism. From Mahmud of Ghazni's destruction of the Somnath temple in 1025 AD to the recent attacks on Mahabodhi temple, various holy places in the country have been often attacked by extremists, either with an agenda or as an "act of retaliation".  While India enjoys its secular status, many of the attacks on temples, mosques and churches have threatened the communal harmony of the country. Let's look at the some of the notable terror incidents on various religious shrines in modern India.

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Attack on Mahabodhi temple: Nine serial explosions rocked the internationally renowned temple town of Bodhgaya in July, 2013, injuring two monks in the blasts suspected to be engineered by some terrorist organisation. While four blasts took place inside the Mahabodhi temple complex, three occurred in Karmapa monastery, one each near the 80-ft Buddha statue and at the bus stand near bypass. Later, terror outfit Indian Mujahideen claimed the responsibility of the blast.

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