Reincarnation of "Budha" in Nepal:Myth or Reality
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 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 neighbouring India are trekking the five-km 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 southwest of Kathmandu more than 2,600 years ago.
He is believed to have attained enlightenment at Bodh Gaya in Bihar, which borders Nepal.