|Prince Siddhârta Gautama lived at the 6th century before J.C. It is regarded as the historical Buddha. After many tours and unfruitful experiment, prince Siddhârta reaches the awakening towards the 40 years old. It spent the 45 last years of its life to travel and teach its practice. With its death are body was incinerated, and its ash placed at 8 different places. Then were offered and disseminated in a great number of temples or pagodas.
Close to these crowned places, in devoted places, appeared, with the wire of time, other relics of the Buddha. They can materialize in many forms ; Sariras are small translucent balls of various colors, Patânn and Phra Thath (Phratad) are of more crystal form is smaller than Sariras (like sand or crystals of salt). They are the shapes of "common" relics there more, apart from the bones.
Nowadays, one finds other type of relic in the form of pearl of bone, after the cremation of Master completely carried out. The relics of the Buddha or the spiritual Masters solely did not appear in Nepal or Tibet, but in all the countries having a Buddhist religious majority.
These relics are crowned, and when it are stored in a favorable spiritual environment, whether they multiply, or change color.
At the origin, the Bouddhistes relics were offered to the temples or has large Masters by those which found them. The Masters could if necessary offer some to certain disciples very deserving. Nowadays, it is relatively difficult to know the origin of such or such relics. And it is in major parties because of this difficulty, and as because of a keen demand, as a great number of "sand grains" are sold with collectors or practise, for of Sariras.