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Buddha's Bones

bq. A Buddhist body here has said it will seek a court order for display of relics of Lord Buddha discovered in a cave in Orissa during excavations in 1985. The relics, comprising a fragment of a charred bone and ashes contained in a gilded stone casket, were found during excavations by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) at Lalitgiri in Jajpur district.

bq. The casket found at Lalitgiri has no inscriptions but it closely resembles caskets discovered by Alexander Cunningham from the Maha Stupa at Sanchi in 1961. Though researchers across India had demanded the display of the relics, the ASI reportedly turned down the request for security reasons. “We don’t know whether ASI has the relics or not. Since they are sacred, they should be given to us for worship,” said Sahu. [“NewIndianExpress”:http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEQ20040505091605&Page=Q&Title=ORISSA&Topic=0&]

According to another version “I blogged last year”:http://varnam.nationalinterest.in/archives/000099.html, Buddha’s bones were discovered in a casket at Vaishaligarh, 35 kilometres from Patna. Then how did they turn up in Orissa ? To add to the mystery, the Chinese are parading what they claim is the “finger of Buddha”:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/05/26/wchina26.xml&sSheet=/portal/2004/05/26/ixportal.html. There was another news item “which explained what all bones”:http://varnam.nationalinterest.in/archives/000152.html remained after Buddha’s body was burned. There was no finger in that list.

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