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Tuesday, 26 November 2013 - 8:32
Update : Video: Myth regarding birth of Lord Buddha debunked
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Prominent scholar of Archaeology Ellawala Medananda Thera said that the ruins of a temple that has been excavated anew at the Lumbini Park in Nepal will dispel several myths in connection with the origin of the Buddha.

The Thera was expressing his views to our news team on the new found ruins of a temple which could be the oldest Buddhist temple of the kind that has ever been discovered in the world.

The ancient temple is believed to be constructed covering the Sal tree that had provided shelter to Queen Maha Maya at the time she delivered Prince Siddhartha at the Lumbini Park in Nepal.



 Update : Tuesday, 26 November 2013 - 7:32 PM
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The birth-place of Prince Siddhartha proved

Archaeologists excavating at Buddha's birthplace have uncovered remains of the earliest ever "Buddhist shrine".

They unearthed a 6th Century BC timber structure buried within the Maya Devi Temple at Lumbini in Nepal.

The shrine appears to have housed a tree.

This links to the Buddha nativity story - his mother gave birth to him while holding on to a tree branch.

Until now, the earliest evidence of Buddhist structures at Lumbini dated no earlier than the 3rd Century BC, in the era of the emperor Ashoka.

To investigate, archaeologists began excavating at the heart of the temple - alongside meditating monks, nuns and pilgrims.

They unearthed a wooden structure with a central void which had no roof.

Brick temples built later above the timber were also arranged around this central space.

Senior Lecturer & Professor in Archaeology at the Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology in Sri Lanka Prof. Raj Somadeva states that this new discovery further confirms that the birth of Lord Shakyamuni Buddha took place at Lumbiniya.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 - 12:51 PM
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Earliest 'shrine' uncovered at Buddha's birthplace

Archaeologists digging at Buddha's birthplace have uncovered remains of the earliest ever "Buddhist shrine".

They unearthed a 6th Century BC timber structure buried within the Maya Devi Temple at Lumbini in Nepal.

The shrine appears to have housed a tree.

This links to the Buddha nativity story - his mother gave birth to him while holding on to a tree branch.

Its discovery may settle the dispute over the birth date of the Buddha, they report in the journal Antiquity.

Every year thousands of Buddhists make a holy pilgrimage to Lumbini - long identified as the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, who became the Buddha.

Until now, the earliest evidence of Buddhist structures at Lumbini dated no earlier than the 3rd Century BC, in the era of the emperor Ashoka.

To investigate, archaeologists began excavating at the heart of the temple - alongside meditating monks, nuns and pilgrims.




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