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Ancient shrine found at birthplace of Buddha


A shrine dating back to the 6th-century B.C. has been found at the legendary birthplace of Buddha in Lumbini, Nepal.

Laid out on the same design as those above it, the timber structure contains an open space in the centre that links to the nativity story of the Buddha himself.

Until now, the earliest archaeological evidence of Buddhist structures at Lumbini dated no earlier than the third century B.C., the time of the patronage of the Emperor Asoka, who promoted the spread of Buddhism, from present-day Afghanistan to Bangladesh.

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Story: Durham University | Photo: Ira Block, National Geographic

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