Who owns the Buddha really?Bring back Lord Buddha’s begging bowl
A strong demand for bringing back the begging bowl of Lord Buddha from an Afghan museum and installing it at its “original” place at Vaishali in Bihar was made by RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh in Lok Sabha on Monday.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, he said the Buddha, who was on his way to attain ‘nirvana’ (salvation), had presented the ‘bhikshapatra’ (begging bowl) to the people of Vaishali.
The bowl was later taken away to the capital of Kanishka, ‘Purushputra’ (now Peshawar), by invaders and then further to Kandahar (then Gandhar), Mr. Singh, who represents Vaishali constituency, said, adding several noted historians have written about the historicity of the vase.
As din prevailed in the House, Speaker Meira Kumar told the members, “He (Singh) is raising an issue concerning Lord Buddha. Please maintain peace in the House.”
Mr. Singh said he had referred the matter to former External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna and learnt that the vase was now kept in Kabul museum.
He urged the External Affairs Ministry and the Archaeological Survey of India to take steps to bring it back to India and install it at its “original place in Vaishali.”http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday ... 061201.ece
NEW DELHI, August 27: Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, a member of the Indian Parliament and former union minister, has launched a campaign to retrieve Gautama Buddha’s "Bhiksha Patra" (bowl) that was taken away to Afghanistan some two thousand years ago.
Singh, a Rashtriya Janata Dal leader, says the people of Vaishali in Bihar state (his Lok Sabha constituency) are the right claimants of this national treasure because Buddha had donated it to the people of the region when he was leaving for his "mahanirvan" (abandoning his mortal body) around 500 BC, after delivering his last speech.
For the next 500 years, a regular ‘puja’ of the bowl had been done at Vaishali.
Emperor Kanishka, who invaded India in the 1st century AD, took away the "patra" to "Purushpur" (present day Peshawar in Pakistan). During the term of former Afghanistan President Mohammed Najibullah (1987-1992), it was moved to the Kabul Museum.
Singh, whose campaign is being supported by 60 international Buddhist ‘maths’ (schools), has furnished historical material supporting his case to the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
"Former External Affairs Minister SM Krishna had assured me that the Indian Government will take steps to retrieve the treasure. I have now sent a reminder to the present minister, Salman Khurshid," Singh said.
The MP is also planning to write a letter to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, seeking his cooperation in the matter.
"Chinese travelers including Fa Hein and Huang Tsang have referred to the presence of the Buddha’s bowl in Afghanistan, as has Alexander Cunningham (first Director General of the Archeological Survey of India). Historians, including Dr. Shreedhar Vasudev Sohani and Romila Thapar, have also supported the theory that the ‘patra’ had been taken away by Emperor Kanishka", Singh said on Monday.http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat ... itle=86776