The object was spotted outside the emergency gate of the temple.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Garima Malik, who reached the spot to take stock of the situation, said that the bomb squad was trying to detect the object.
He had arrived in Bodh Gaya on January 1 and is likely to stay there for a month.
In 2013, five people got injured after a series of explosions rocked the Maha Bodhi temple, situated on the spot where Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment. (ANI)