The Buddha of sub-Bara
A meditating teenage boy in south-central Nepal is drawing the attention of scientists after attracting huge crowds in the past six months and earning himself the name Buddha-reincarnate or 'Buddha Boy'.
The interesting thing about Ram Bahadur Bamjan is that India and the subcontinent in general produce many holy men who claim special powers, but few - if any - have attracted scientific study. However the scientists claim they want to examine him without touching him. How they will do this remains unclear. The fact they say he has been meditating without water makes me rather dubious.
Word spread quickly about the teenager and people around Ratanapuri village in Bara district began to visit Bamjan, 15, who has been sitting cross-legged in a traditional Buddha posture under a peepal tree.
The villagers say he has grown weak, but he certainly doesn't look it - he's still quite a built little 15 year old! Of course, this being an Asian village, he has attracted devotees who have started worshipping him. He has even buoyed the local community by providing an effective tourist attraction. But his family are not sure what to think
His mother fainted when she found out her son had undertaken an indefinite meditation.
Many worship Ram Bahadur Bamjan as the reincarnation of Buddha "I sometimes go to see him but he does not talk to me," said Maya Devi Tamang.
Another interesting point is that Buddha's mother was also called Maya Devi...
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