A teenaged boy, who many Nepalese believe is the reincarnation of lord Buddha, has resurfaced in the southern jungles of the country after missing for nine months.
Ram Bahadur Bomjan, 16, popularly known as the "Buddha Boy" was first sighted by some hunters in the jungle.
After the news of his reappearance spread, journalists and local people thronged the area and found him in the middle of the forest on Monday.
Bomjan was carrying a sword for self-defence, the Kathmandu Post reported on Tuesday.
"Lord Buddha used to arrange his security by himself. So, I was forced to do so myself," he told journalists, in response to a query.
The boy, who reportedly meditated for months without taking food or water, caught the media attention last year.
He reportedly meditated without a break for nine months from May 2005 to March 2006 in Bara district.
Bomjan left the place saying it was not quiet for him. Before going for deep meditation at an unknown place, he told people that he would return after six months. But he reappeared after nine months.