Researchers say they found oldest Buddhist shrine

KATMANDU, NEPAL - Archaeologists in Nepal say they've discovered traces of a wooden structure dating from the sixth century B.C. that they believe is the world's oldest Buddhist shrine.
Kosh Prasad Acharya, who teamed with archaeologists from Britain's Durham University, said Tuesday that the structure was unearthed inside the sacred Mayadevi Temple in Lumbini, southwest of Katmandu.
The findings were published in the December issue of the journal Antiquity.
Buddha, also known as Siddhartha Gautama, is generally thought to have been born in about the sixth century B.C. at the temple site.
Buddhists believe that Siddhartha, a prince, left his family and kingdom and meditated in the jungles of Nepal and India before achieving enlightenment.

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