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Have Archaeologists Discovered Buddha’s Remains?

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Buddha's Remains
Buddha’s remains are seen on June 12, 2010, in Nanjing. Asoka, an Indian emperor (273 BC – 232 BC), allegedly collected all the parts of Buddha’s remains, stored them in pagoda-like shrines, and sent them to different parts of the world. The pagoda in Nanjing is believed to be one of tens of thousands of ‘pagodas of King Asoka’ that contain his remains. (VCG via Getty Images)

For the first time published in English, archaeological journal Wenwu (Chinese Cultural Relics to the Western world) reports the discovery of what is believed to be a skull bone of Siddhartha Gautama (a.k.a. Buddha). The bone was discovered between 2007 and 2010 beneath the Grand Bao’en temple in Nanjing, China, hidden in a 1,000-year-old meditation shrine known as a “stupa.” The ornate shrine, approximately four feet tall and 18 inches wide, was rendered from precious metals and gemstones. It also includes inscriptions suggesting the bone is from the Buddha himself. Read more about the discovery here. Take a look at some images of the shrine and bone fragment below.

Buddha's Remains
(VCG via Getty Images)
Buddha's Remains
(VCG via Getty Images)
Buddha's Remains
(VCG via Getty Images)