Photos by Bikas Karki
During 10 month’s of Ram Bomjon’s meditation in the once pristine forest, thousands of pilgrims had poured into the Bara jungle to worship a 16-year-old boy hailed as a new Buddha. Many claim that Ram Bomjon, who is silently meditating Sitting cross-legged beneath a œpeepal tree, had not eaten or drunk anything since May 2005.
No allegation has yet emerged of Ram breaking his fast or moving, even to relieve himself during meditation.
Despite his protestations, ‘Buddha boy’ is famous. The popularity of the phenomenon is also because it resembles an episode in the life of the historical Siddhartha Gautam Buddha.
Bomjon was sitting beneath a peepal tree, in the same posture as the Buddha.
Market thrived in the once pristine forest, supplying pilgrims almost everything as well as a bus park, leaving ‘Buddha boy’ at the centre.
Ram who some people believe is a reincarnation of Buddha mysteriously disappeared from his meditation site at Ratanpuri area in Bara district on early Saturday March 11.
Hindu and Buddhist priests organized a Pooja praying for the return of the ‘Buddha boy’. Also seen in the picture is Bomjon’s mother Maya Devi (center) helping the monks in the Pooja. (Photo courtesy: Shankar Acharya)
Armed Police Force personnel search for the ‘Buddha boy’ in Bara jungles. There was no clue about his whereabouts for a week. (Photo courtesy: Upendra lamichhane)
On March 19, chairman of Om Namobuddha Committee claimed that Bomjan briefly appeared in a forest some three kilometers Southwest of the meditation spot, talked to committee members and disappeared again promising to return after six years.
According to the chairman, a team of seven people had reached there looking for the ‘Buddha Boy’ who reportedly vanished again after reappearing for half an hour.
“I left because there is no peace here,” Lama quoted Bomjan as saying. “Tell my parents not to worry about me.”
He also said that he has camped in an undisclosed place where he reached after walking for five days and five nights,” Lama further said. The committee members also screened a video which they claimed they had filmed during Bomjan’s brief reappearance. (Photo courtesy: Nepal1)