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Bid to bring Buddha’s begging bowl back

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 24, 2011

PATNA: A serious effort is being made to bring back the alms bowl of Lord Buddha, which was enshrined at Vaishali until the first century AD and is currently preserved at the Kabul Museumin Afghanistan.

Former Union minister and RJD MPRaghuvansh Prasad Singh has been trying for over six months to procure the priceless treasure of Bihar from Afghanistan.

Singh had raised this issue in the Lok Sabha this year and also wrote a letter to the external affairs minister, S M Krishna. “In reply, Krishna asked for the ‘provenance’ of this holy relic of Buddha. In response to Krishna’s query, I also made an in-depth study of this subject,” Singh, an MP from Vaishali, told TOI over phone from New Delhi.

Documents available with the TOI said the Indian embassy in Kabul has made inquiries into the matter. It is learned that the begging bowl was in Kandahar until the regime of former president Najibullah. It was later brought to Kabul and is currently in the Kabul Museum.

“We are consulting the Archaeological Survey of India regarding the ‘provenance’ of the bowl as also our legal and treaties division regarding the legal aspects of the issue of recovery of an Indian item of archaeological and historical value,” Krishna said in a letter to Singh. Read the rest of this entry »

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