Buddhist monk commits suicide in Bodh Gaya temple

IANS, March 4, 2009

Patna, India -- A young Buddhist monk committed suicide in the Mahabodhi temple complex in Bihar’s Bodh Gaya town Wednesday, the police said.

Vaninta, a monk in his 20s, committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in the temple complex, the police said.

Chatindra, another monk, said: “We were not sure about the reason behind his suicide.” The deceased hailed from Tripura and was studying Pali language in Bodh Gaya, he added.

The Mahabodhi temple, declared a World Heritage Site in 2002 by Unesco, is visited by thousands of tourists annually, especially from countries where there is a strong Buddhist community.