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Thousands flock for 'darshan' of 'Buddha boy'

Thousands of devotees flocked to a jungle in southern Nepal for 'darshan' of the teenage boy regarded by many as a reincarnation of Buddha when he reappeared after three long years of meditation.

world Updated: Nov 14, 2008 16:19 IST

Thousands of devotees flocked to a jungle in southern Nepal for 'darshan' of the teenage boy regarded by many as a reincarnation of Buddha when he reappeared after three long years of meditation.

"I am blessed to have a glimpse of the Buddha God," Krishna Pyari Shreshtha, a local housewife said. "I am very happy to seem him again, we just wanted to see how he looks like after three years" a local farmer, Niraj Dhungana said, who came from a nearby village to have his Darshana.

Ram Bahadur Bamjan, his real name, now reached 18 three years after he re-appeared in this world. He was first spotted in the jungle of Bara district in southern Nepal in 2005. He spent there months, without eating and moving with his eyes closed under a tree, believe his followers.

Bamjan re-emerged this week to meet his followers and well-wishers, who have come thousands in number just to see him and have his blessing. He is currently staying in the jungles of Ratanpur, about 200 km south of Kathmandu.

He silently sat in the jungle as devotees arrived for his blessing on Wednesday, according to eye-witnesses. He has a light tap on the head, which they consider the touch of the divine.

A yellow piece of cloth was hanged on the tree where beneath which he was meditating for hours without movement. His face was quiet, his long hair spilled over his white robe, and he did not utter a word.

He had suddenly disappeared for months and people believed that he had gone for deep meditation in the midst of the forest, where nobody can disturb him. He did not fear wild animals, though he had carried a sharp knife for self-protection before going for hiding.

The always silent Buddha boy is likely to speak for his devotees on November 18 before going for another deep meditation into the forest, said a priest accompanying him.

Many people regard Bamjan the re-incarnation of Lord Buddha who spread the message of peace and non-violence nearly 2600 years ago.

Though Buddha was born in Lumbini, a southern Nepal town, Buddhism comes only after Hinduism with just 15 per cent of the population following the religion.

As there is harmony between the Buddhists and the majority Hindus in Nepal and both celebrate each other's festival and visits each other's temples, people from both the religion went to Bamjan for his blessing.

Though Bajan is claimed to have meditated without food and water, he is healthy and strong and does not show any symptom of hunger and starvation.