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Philip Ross for International Business Times
An ancient Buddhist shrine found in Nepal opens a new window into the life of Siddhartha Gautama, more famously known as the Buddha. According to National Geographic, archaeologists have recently discovered what they’re calling the “earliest Buddhist shrine in the world.” The small wooden shrine, located underneath the revered Maya Devi temple at Nepal’s Lumbini pilgrimage site, dates back to the sixth century B.C., meaning Buddha’s birth was about a century earlier than scholars previously believed.
Pilgrims visit the wall below the nativity scene within the Maya Devi Temple at Lumbini, Nepal, in this National Geographic photo (National Geographic/AFP, Ira Block)