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    New Delhi: A Nepalese teenager hailed as a reincarnation of the Buddha has vanished for a second time in southern Nepal, a member of his support committee said.

    Ram Bahadur Bomjam, 17, who shot to fame in 2005 when his supporters said he had begun a meditation session that would go on uninterrupted for years, went missing.

    He first disappeared in March 2006, telling his supporters the site had become too crowded.

    Nine months later he reappeared and was set up at a new site by the committee, but this time visitors have been sparse.

    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.

    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 on Saturday when the Himalayan Times daily said the boy has gone missing again since Thursday.

    Local media dubbed Bomjan 'Buddha Boy' after supporters said he had been meditating for months without food, water or sleep.

    He began his treeside vigil almost two years ago, but the Nepali teenager said to be immune to snakebites and fire, and hailed as a reincarnation of the Buddha, has fuelled scepticism about his meditation claims by disappearing - again.

    Ram Bahadur Bamjon, 16, who captured the imagination of millions around the world in 2005 when his supporters said he had been meditating for six months without moving, eating or drinking, has not been seen by his devotees for four days. Police have failed to trace Bamjon, but one of his followers said he was safe and meditating at a new location.

    Bamjon disappeared on another occasion almost exactly a year ago, only to reappear months later, this time carrying a sword for self-defence.

    His fame was sealed when a poisonous snake bit him. A few days later he is reported to have said: "A snake bit me but I do not need treatment. I need six years of deep meditation."

    More than 100,000 pilgrims have poured into the jungle to see the "Buddha Boy".

    Followers of the Nepali teenager hailed as a reincarnation of Buddha say the teen is safe and meditating in a new place.

    Ram Bahadur Bamjon, 16, disappeared four days ago from the shade of a peepal tree in the jungles of southeastern Nepal, The Independent reports.

    He captured the interest of millions two years ago when his supporters reported he had been meditating for six months without moving, eating or drinking.

    He also announced that he survived the bite of a venomous snake.

    More than 100,000 pilgrims from across the Himalayas have trekked to the jungle to see the "Buddha Boy," with some claiming that a soft glow emanates from the teenager's forehead.

    Doctors from Kathmandu wanted to examine him but his followers denied them access.

    This is the second time Bamjon has disappeared.

    He went missing last March for several days before he turned up under a peepal tree in the jungle.

    A 16-year-old Nepali boy who thousands of people believe is a reincarnation of Buddha has gone missing from the site where he had been meditating for more than two months.

    Since first appearing in 2005, Ram Bahadur Bamjon has drawn more than 100,000 people to the dense forests of southeastern Nepal to see him sitting cross-legged beneath a tree.

    Bamjon left the site late on Thursday, said a police officer in Jijgadh, 150km southeast of Kathmandu.

    The boy had been meditating there since December, when he reappeared after going missing for nearly 10 months last year.

    "He quietly left the site around midnight on Thursday.

    "Earlier that night he had told his attendants that he would move to a new location for meditation," a policeman said yesterday.

    "We are searching for the boy in the forests but have found no trace of him so far."

    Buddha was born a prince in Lumbini, a dusty village in Nepal's rice-growing plains about 350km west of Kathmandu more than 2,600 years ago.
    A missing Nepalese teenager popularly known as "Buddha Boy" reappeared briefly on Sunday, his followers say.
    The committee managing the meditation site of Ram Bomjan, 16, released video of its members purportedly meeting the boy near his village in southern Nepal.

    The boy's meditation and apparent 10-month fast attracted global attention before he vanished in March.

    Large numbers of devotees flocked to see him to leave offerings. A massive search operation is still under way.

    'Not to worry'

    The chairman of the Om Namo Buddha Tapaswi Sewa Samiti (ONBTSS), Bed Bahadur Lama, told reporters that he and his colleagues had met Bomjan about 3km (2 miles) south-west of his meditation site in Bara district on Sunday.

    He said Bomjan had spoken to them for half an hour.

    Ram Bomjan's meditation has attracted many devotees

    "He said he would reappear after six years. He has asked monks to perform prayers in the meditation spot," Mr Lama told reporters.

    "I left because there is no peace here... Tell my parents not to worry," Mr Lama quoted Bomjan as saying.

    The alleged meeting is the first news of the boy's possible whereabouts since he disappeared on 11 March. District authorities say they cannot confirm the sighting.

    Bomjan's followers and security personnel have launched a massive search operation in Ratnapuri forest and surrounding areas but have so far failed to locate him.

    Bomjan's followers claim he was an incarnation of Lord Buddha who was born in Lumbini, in present-day Nepal, more than 2,500 years ago.

    His followers say he has been meditating for 10 months without food or water and is immune to fire and snake bites.

    But these claims have not been independently verified. Scientists were unable to examine the boy as his followers said it would disturb his meditation.

  • #2
    is he back now ?