Nepal's 'Buddha Boy' disappears again
Mar 10, 2007 - 1:39:56 PM

Kathmandu, March 10 - A teenager from a Nepali village who captured the imagination of the world with tales of his long and arduous meditation for enlightenment has vanished once more, media reports said Saturday.

In 2005, 16-year-old Ram Bahadur Bomjan, a penniless boy from Bara district in southern Nepal, hit the headlines following reports of him mediating cross-legged, just like the Buddha is shown in traditional paintings and sculptures, under a tree.

The emaciated, longhaired boy was reported to be clad in just a piece of white cloth even during the harsh winter. He was said to have been meditating for 10 months without taking food or even water.

As devotees and the curious from far and wide flocked to see him, there arose the legend of the Buddha Boy, the prodigy who was thought to be an incarnation of the Buddha.

Then as mysteriously as he had appeared in the forest, Bomjan disappeared from there in March 2006, days before the fall of King Gyanendra's regime.

However, towards the end of 2006, he was sighted in a nearby forest where he reportedly told people he had been wandering in search of peace and quiet.

After his re-appearance, the fickle public began losing interest in the mystery teen and there were few further reports about him.

But he reappeared in the media Saturday when the Himalayan Times daily said the boy has gone missing again since Thursday.

It quoted a police officer, inspector Rameshwor Yadav, as saying that Bomjan had disappeared after telling a devotee he would not be rooted to one spot.

The Buddha incarnation story received currency since the Buddha was also born in southern Nepal as Prince Siddharth.

Also, like Siddharth's mother, Bomjan's mother is also called Maya and has told the media of her strange dreams, like her ancient namesake had had.

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