Buddha’s remains: Archaeologists have reportedly uncovered a 1,000-year-old casket that could potentially hold the remains of the Buddha in China. Remains of Prince Siddhartha Gautama, known as the Buddha or the “awakened one”, who founded Buddhism and is believed to have lived around 566-486 BCE, may have been found in a temple in Nanjing. Experts believe that a skull bone of the Buddha may have been found inside a model of a stupa concealed within a 1,000-year-old stone casket in the crypt of a Buddhist temple.The box is made of sandalwood, gold, and silver. Inscriptions on the box suggest that two monks named Yunjiang and Zhiming, from the Manjusri Temple in the Longxing Monastery, had collected more than 2,000 pieces of the Buddha’s cremated remains over a span of 20 years and buried them in the temple in 1013.
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