Human remains, which several monks buried in China more than a millennium ago, probably belonged to the Buddha, writes Daily Mail.
It is thought that 2,000 parts of cremated bones belonged to Sidrati Gothami, whose teachings became the basis for Buddhist religion.
The bones were found in the Chinese province of Junchuan, in a ceramic vessel whose inscription indicates that they belong to Buddha, thought to have died 2,500 years ago.
Apart from bones, archaeologists have found 260 more Buddhist statues.
Buddha, a philosopher and traveling teacher born in Nepal, reportedly renounced his royal heritage to follow the path of spirituality.
In the world of writings he is said to have traveled in the eastern parts of India between the 6th and 4th centuries before the new era.
After the Buddha, according to the legend, died in the year 81, 2,500 years ago, his disciples reportedly shared his mortal remains and transferred them to several places across the country.
The Buddha’s remains were originally supposed to belong to the Shakya clan to which he himself belonged. However, the then king and the six other clans sought relics for themselves.
In order not to rush, the religious leader was divided into relics in 10 parts, which were then taken to the sanctuaries so that the followers of Buddha worship him.
The relics five years ago were discovered by villagers who built a road near a temple in which the remains were rested.
The research is colorful in the magazine “Chinese Cultural Relics”.