The Piprahwa Project

One of the world’s pre-eminent discoveries of relics of Gautama Buddha occurred at Piprahwa in 1898. William Claxton Peppé, a British landowner, excavated an ancient Buddhist stupa on the Birdpur estate near the border of India and Nepal.  After digging through twenty feet of brickwork, he unearthed a large stone coffer containing gold, jewels, fragments of bone and five reliquary urns. An inscription on one of the urns identified the pieces of bone as the relics of the Lord Buddha which had been given to his own Sakya clan

The Piprahwa Project makes research materials, information and news available to anyone who wishes to learn more about this incredible discovery.

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Background - The history preceding the excavation of the Piprahwa stupa and the events following it.

Letters - Letters received by W.C. Peppé were donated to the Royal Asiatic Society in London and others have been found in the public records office. They are here made accessible online for the first time and prove to be an important source of information about the Piprahwa discovery and those involved with it.

Gallery - View original pictures relating to the discovery at Piprahwa alongside photographs of the jewels that were buried with bones of the Buddha for over 2000 years.

Articles and Analysis - The results of ongoing research by world renowned experts in the fields of epigraphy, gemology, forensics, history and Buddhist studies.

Buddhism -  The discovery may be of great interest to western academics however it is of far greater religious and spiritual importance to over 500 million Buddhists across the globe.

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