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Bodhgaya, Mahabodhi trend as Twiterati expresses anguish on #BodhGaya blasts

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    Members of the Bauddh Commune International participate in a peace vigil in Allahabad following a series of blasts at the Both Gaya temple on July ...

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    Security personnel guard the campus of Mahabodhi temple after series of blasts at Bodh Gaya on July 7, 2013. (HT Photo)

  • Bodh Gaya blasts

    Members of the Bauddh Commune International participate in a peace vigil in Allahabad following a series of blasts at the Both Gaya temple on July ...

  • Bodh Gaya blasts

    BJP activists burn an effigy of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar at Bodh Gaya against serial blasts on July 7, 2013. (PTI Photo)

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    Security personnel handling a cane bomb, recovered from Buddhist Tergar Monastery at the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya. PTI

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    Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar visits the Mahabodhi Temple after 9 blasts took place in Budh temples at Bodh Gaya. PTI

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    A Buddhist monk is carried on a stretcher for treatment after he was injured in a blast in Bodhgaya, about 140 kms southwest of Patna. ...

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    Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar (C) visits the Mahabodhi Temple following 9 low-intensity serial blasts at the Bodh Gaya Buddhist temple complex. AFP

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    An injured Buddhist monk receives medical treatment following 9 low-intensity serial blasts at the Bodh Gaya Buddhist temple complex, at a hospital in Gaya. AFP

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    Buddhist monks and security officers walk after a blast on the campus of the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, about 140kms southwest of Patna. AP

Every time our country winesses a terror attack, people react strongly expressing their anger towards terrorists and terrorism.

And when the attack is at temples and places of religious importance, their reaction only gets stronger as their sentiments take a hit.

In a country where almost every household has a 'mandir' and god is remembered for almost everything ranging from pain and suffering to cricket matches, one can imagine the reactions bomb blasts on a religious site will generate.

'Bodhgaya' and 'Mahabodhi' started trending on Twitter ever since the story of the bomb blasts in Bodhgaya's temple premises first emerged and continued to trend till the evening.

A lot of tweets had a strong political flavor to them. Some favored one party, others favored another and some requested politicians not to politicise the issue.

One of the best things however, that one can take away from the reactions that poured in against blasts is how god unites people, irrespective of their religion.

Hundreds of people tweeted about how condemnable it was that the monument of a very peace-loving religion, Buddhism, was brutalised and many others simply asked one question: Who would have anything against the Buddhists?

Here's a compilation of some of the tweets that show people's surprise and anger towards this attack:

 

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