NEW DELHI - With suggestions that a bowl used by Gautam Buddha is in Afghanistan, India is sending a team of officials from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) there by the month-end to assess its authenticity before it could be brought back. The huge greenish-grey granite bowl weighs 400 kg and has a diameter of about 1.75 metres, height of almost four metres and thickness of 18 cm at its rim. The vessel is currently displayed at the National Museum of Afghanistan.
RJD MP Raghuvansh Prasad Singh has been saying that the bowl belongs to Buddha and has been demanding that it be brought back for installing at its original place at Vaishali, a Buddhist pilgrimage site in Bihar. According to ASI, Buddha donated the bowl to the people of Vaishali. Later on, it was taken to Peshawar and then to Kandahar and finally to Kabul. (PTI)