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Buddha may have achieved enlightenment 200 years earlier

  • A team of archaeologists said Buddha's birthday may be wrong by 200 years. 

    Experts dug under the temple considered to be his birthplace and found a wooden shrine, dating back to the 6th century BC. The issue is that Buddha is usually dated to the 4th century BC instead. 

    The new discovery "sheds light on a very very long debate" over Buddhism's history, as per archaeologist Robin Coningham. The brick temple containing the recently discovered shrine is housed inside a temple at Lumbini, which is a famous tourist attraction in Nepal. 

    "This is one of those rare occasions when belief, traditions, archaeology and science actually come together," Coningham said. 

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