Study: Indian Buddhist sites in “despicable state”

Many ancient Buddhist sites across India are in a state of ongoing deterioration, according to a study conducted by the Buddhist Forum, an organization whose stated mission is to “create awareness about the neglected ancient Buddhist sites in Asia.” Forum founder Sidhartha Gauri cited India’s Bihar state — home to Bodh Gaya, where the Buddha attained enlightenment — as an example. Having sent “right to information queries” to the state archaeological department, Gauri says they “claimed that they have only three protected Buddhist sites under their jurisdiction. However, we have collected information about at least 250 ancient Buddhist sites in the state, most of which are in a despicable condition.”

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