Work for gold coating of the gumbad (vault) of world heritage Mahabodhi temple started here on Tuesday with the help of experts from Thailand.

A team, led by Thailand’s former Deputy Prime Minister General Pricha, arrived here from Bangkok on Monday with 2.90 quintal gold for the purpose, sources in the Mahabodhi Temple Management Committee said.

The 40-member team came with the gold packed in 13 boxes. More than two dozen commandos from Thailand have also come to provide security for the gold, Committee member Arvind Kumar Singh said.- PTI