Thousands flock to see Nepal's mystery "Buddha" boy
Mon Nov 10, 2008 11:59pm EST
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Thousands of people flocked
to a remote jungle in southeast Nepal to see a boy,
some believe is a reincarnation of Lord Buddha, who
reappeared after missing for more than a year, police
said on Tuesday.
Seventeen-year-old Ram Bahadur Bamjon spoke to
devotees from nearby villages on Monday in the
remote forest in Ratanpuri, 150 km (95 miles)
southeast of Kathmandu, Prakash Sen, a police constable said.
Bamjon made international headlines in 2005 when
tens of thousands of people turned up to see him
sitting cross-legged under a tree in a dense forest
for nearly ten months. reportedly without food and water.
Hundreds of devotees, including many from neighboring
India are trekking the five-km (mile) site to see
him on Tuesday, Sen said.
"He spoke to the devotees standing near a temple
in the forest," Prakash Sen said after a visit to the site.
"He had shoulder-length hair and had his body
wrapped in a white cloth."
"Since many people are walking to see him,
I think he has some of the qualities Lord
Buddha had," he said.
Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, was born a
prince in Lumbini, a sleepy town in Nepal's
rice-growing plains about 350 km (220 miles)
southwest of Kathmandu more than 2,600 years ago.
He is believed to have attained enlightenment
at Bodh Gaya in the eastern Indian state of
Bihar, which borders Nepal.