To achieve greater socialist cultural prosperity, the Communist government of China has decided to enshrine Gautama Buddha skull in a tower that will be built on the ruins of a 14th century Ming dynasty structure. According to Chinese scholars, the skull piece was brought to China by Indian monk Danapala 2,000 years back.
The unique merger between Buddhist and Chinese imperial history is being facilitated by rebuilding the tower, which was destroyed in the 18th century. The tower was originally built by EmperorYong Le in memory of his mother.
The Buddha remains, or sarira, would be worshipped in the tower after the construction is completed by the end of 2011.