Over a century ago, archaeologists made a discovery that shook the world. At the border of India and Nepal, near Piprahwa village, British landowner William Peppe excavated a stupa with the ashes of the historical Buddha Sakyamuni. Never before and never after was there an archaeological find so unequivocally associated with the life of a founder of one of the world’s major religions. The authenticity of the Piprahwa relics is verified by an inscription in ancient Brahmi characters and is acknowledged by the majority of archaeologists, historians, and scholars of Buddhism. For more than 300 million Buddhists worldwide these relics are sacred objects that convey the energy and the blessing of the Buddha.
Where do these relics come from? How did they resurface after many centuries of being hidden by the impenetrable jungle of the North India? What are the proofs of their authenticity?
The Piprahwa relics of the Buddha have a long and fascinating record. We are fortunate that at the Budart Festival their story will be told by Chris Peppe, great-grandson of William C. Peppe, the discoverer of the Piprahwa Relics of the Buddha.