Cambodian police recover urn believed to contain Buddha's remains
A golden urn is shown after being recovered in Takeo province, south of Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. (AP)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, February 7, 2014 1:10AM EST
Last Updated Friday, February 7, 2014 4:42AM EST
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Cambodian police have recovered a precious golden urn stolen last year that contains what are considered to be remnants of Buddha's body, an official said Friday.
The urn was taken from a mountain shrine 40 kilometres outside the capital in mid-December.
National Police spokesman Kirt Chantharith said it was recovered Thursday from a house in the southern province of Takeo, and a man was arrested in connection with the theft.
Several countries in Asia process relics believed to come from the body of Buddha, and the stolen urn holds enormous religious and cultural significance for Cambodia, a predominantly Buddhist nation.
The theft ignited a nationwide outcry and demands that authorities track it down.
The relics were given to late King Norodom Sihanouk in 1957 by Sri Lanka to commemorate the 2,500th anniversary of Buddha's birth.