Nepal The missing Buddha boy is back.
The teenage boy who many believe is the reincarnation of Buddha has reappeared in the jungles of southern Nepal months after he went missing, an official said Tuesday.
Ram Bahadur Banjan, 15, was last seen March 11 in a forest where he had meditated allegedly without food and water for 10 months. Thousands of Hindus and Buddhists flocked to see him every day.
Banjan disappeared from his meditating spot among the roots of a tree in Bara, about 100 miles south of the capital Katmandu, where he had sat cross-legged and motionless with his eyes closed.
Many followers believe Banjan is a reincarnation of Gautama Siddhartha, who was born not far away in southwestern Nepal around 500 B.C. and later became revered as the Buddha.
Buddhist priests who visited the boy, however, said he was not the incarnation of Buddha. The priests did believe the boy had been meditating for months.
The boy was spotted by cattle herders in the jungle Sunday and a team of police and officials was sent Monday to investigate, said Harihar Dahal, an administrative official in the area.