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'Buddha Boy' Goes Missing in Nepal
Ram Bahadur Bomjon disappears after nearly 300 days of meditation
Pawan Acharya (sujukiran)     Print Article 
Published 2006-03-13 19:07 (KST)   
After completing 299 days of meditation, "Buddha Boy" Ram Bahadur Bomjon has gone missing from Bara, south central Nepal.

©2006 Shankar Acharya
It is said that Buddha Boy vanished from the meditating spot early Saturday morning. A reporter of Kantipur national daily, Shanker Acharya, after visiting the spot at Ratanpuri of Bara, told this citizen reporter that Bomjan left between 3 a.m. to 4 a.m.

But his clothes were found 20 meters away, and the fences surrounding his meditating site were broken.

"There were a dozen volunteers looking for him, but Bomjon left his meditating place while all the volunteers were asleep" said Shankar Acharya.

But security sources said Bomjon may have left the place due to the presence of the crowd and disturbance in his meditation.

Eyewitnesses said these days Bomjon has long hair and seem to be unfit.

The latest reports say Bomjon may have shifted to another location deep inside the forest away from the hustle and bustle at the place where he was meditating since early last year.

Police, family members and other citizens in Bara district said they launched a search to locate Bomjon.

This is the first time that the security personnel reached the spot since Bomjon started meditating.

A state-owned Nepal television station said Buddha Boy was found near the meditating spot, but that report proved to be false.

©2006 Shankar Acharya
Bomjon is the third son of Bir Bahadur Bomjon and Maya Devi. Bomjon's family has also started searching for him near the meditation spot.

Earlier, at least 100,000 devotees from Nepal and neighboring India flocked into a dense forest in southeastern Nepal to see 15-year-old Ram Bahadur Bomjon, who, his associates say, has been meditating without food or water for six months. Bomjon sits cross-legged beneath a "pipal" tree, which is sacred to Hindus, with his eyes closed in meditation. He does not speak and followers are only allowed to see him from a distance of 50 meters.

It was in Nepal, not far from where Ram is meditating, that the original Buddha was born more than 2,500 years ago, later gaining enlightenment while meditating beneath a similar pipal tree.

Bomjon started meditating on May 17, 2005.

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