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HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014

ASI procures Persian inscription on Buddha’s begging bowl

Vanita Srivastava, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 07, 2014
First Published: 23:35 IST(7/5/2014) | Last Updated: 07:13 IST(8/5/2014)

Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) officials have procured impressions of Persian inscription from the so-called ‘Bhiksha Patra’( begging bowl) placed in the Kabul Museum claimed to have been used by Gautama Buddha in Vaishali. 

“We have examined the bowl. There was a Persian inscription all around the big bowl in 6 lines. We have taken an impression of the Persian inscription made on a hand-made paper with black paper (estampage). We will now decipher the inscription,” GS Khwaja, director, in charge, epigraphy branch, (Arabic and Persian), Nagpur, one of the two officials who had gone to Afghanistan last week, told HT.

“This will help us conclude many vital facts about the bowl including the year the bowl was made. It will also give us evidence whether this is the bowl that was given by Buddha to the people of Vaishali,” he said. “There is, however, a vital question on how the bowl has Persian inscriptions on it.”

A strong demand for bringing back the begging bowl used by Gautama Buddha from the Kabul Museum and installing it at its original place at Vaishali in Bihar was made by RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh in Lok Sabha last year.

The bowl is a hemispherical vessel of greenish-grey granite with a diameter of 1.75 metres.


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