1.         Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya (India) (C 1056rev)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  2002

Criteria  (i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1056/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1056/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions

April 2005: Joint ICOMOS-World Heritage Centre mission; February 2011: Joint World Heritage Centre-ICOMOS-ICCROM mission.

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1056/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2014

On 29 January 2014, the State Party submitted a state of conservation report; a summary of which is available at https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1056/documents. Progress on a number of conservation issues addressed by the Committee at its previous sessions is presented in those reports, as follows:

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM

The Committee may wish to commend the State Party for the comprehensive arrangements and measures taken by the authorities, to ensure the safety of visitors and the protection of the property.

The State Party has taken steps to develop the comprehensive Management Plan, including a comprehensive pilgrim management strategy, as recommended by the February 2011 reactive monitoring mission.  The issues raised by the Committee and the reactive monitoring mission have been addressed through the management planning process. 

While the buffer zone has been demarcated, no information has been provided concerning the regulatory measures that need to be adopted to protect the wider setting. Although a number of issues have been addressed, it is recommended that the Committee request the State Party to expedite the completion of the Management Plan, the formal adoption of the buffer zone together with regulatory measures and the submission of a minor boundary modification of the property with a view to formalising its buffer zone.

Decision Adopted: 38 COM 7B.12

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC-14/38.COM/7B,
  2. Recalling Decision 36 COM 7B.61, adopted at its 36th session (Saint-Petersburg, 2012),
  3. Regrets the unfortunate incident of a bomb attack, which occurred within the property in July 2013 and commends the State Party for the measures taken to ensure the safety of visitors and the protection of the property;
  4. Notes the progress made on the previous decisions of the Committee, including the recommendations of the February 2011 World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS/ICCROM joint reactive monitoring mission;
  5. Requests the State Party to expedite the completion of the Management Plan, the formal adoption of the buffer zone and its regulations and to formally submit the minor boundary modification of the property;
  6. Also requests the State Party to provide an electronic version and three printed copies of the Management Plan to the World Heritage Centre for review by the Advisory Bodies;
  7. Further requests the State Party to keep the World Heritage Centre informed on the progress made in implementing the above recommendations.