There's this very humourous novel called Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard. Great read about the crazy things that happen when people think they're in the presence of religious greatness. In the novel, a guy just decides to chill out in a Guave tree, but people assume he's meditating and is then revered as a holy man. Read it if you have the time. It's old enough that it's pretty easy to find at the library.
Anyways, here's what seems to be a real life example:
Scientists to check Nepal Buddha boy. It would actually be quite amazing and awesome if this boy meditating under a Peepal tree turned out to be the re-incarnation of Buddha. The world could certainly use one. Anyways, I love all the little details about this story, like the villagers figuring out how to enable more people to visit the boy, the scientists checking him to determine how he could live without food or water.
Anyways, I enjoyed Hullabaloo enough that I think I'm going to go to the library and check it out again!