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Holy man's dream sparks treasure hunt

By T.K. Randall
October 21, 2013 · Comment icon 11 comments



The treasure is thought to be worth tens of billions of dollars. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Lawrence OP
A 19th century fort in northern India could be home to more than 1,000 tons of treasure worth billions.
The story centers around Hindu swami Shobhan Sarkar who claims that the spirit of King Rao Ram Baksh Singh came to him in a dream and asked him to take care of the massive treasure trove said to be hidden beneath the fort.

According to historical records, Singh had been hanged in 1858 following an uprising against British colonial forces. Stories of treasure at the site have persisted for years.

A preliminary survey of the fort appears to show the presence of metal approximately 20 meters underground. If billions of dollars worth of treasure really is to be found there then it could be one of the most significant discoveries of its kind anywhere in the world.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (11)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by pallidin 9 years ago
Well, I hope they do find massive amounts of treasure. I would definitely help such a poor region, as long as greedy politicians, police, etc... don't cart it away without proper accounting.
Comment icon #3 Posted by IBelieveWhatIWant 9 years ago
Pallidin, in what world do you think that wouldn't happen
Comment icon #4 Posted by AliveInDeath7 9 years ago
Quick, let's get a team of UM members and get it before they do.
Comment icon #5 Posted by pallidin 9 years ago
Pallidin, in what world do you think that wouldn't happen True enough.
Comment icon #6 Posted by dummy2b 9 years ago
The gold mites ate all of the treasure .All that is left is seven hundreds tons of gold dust.
Comment icon #7 Posted by highdesert50 9 years ago
I would be more impressed with a holy man's dream come true than with the 1,000-ton treasure.
Comment icon #8 Posted by vikas bagla 9 years ago
This fort lies in middle of an old trade route (road and river) between west and east India along River Gangaa. ( Never could understand why it is spelt "Ganges"). Locals say that around 5th A.D. there used to be seven big trading markets in this area ( called Lakh-takiya Bazar) where entry criteria was minimum One hundred thousand gold coins. Traders used to deposit their surplus gold currency with the king for fear of looters en-route. This was sort of a banking-locker system for which king used to charge certain percentage. If this is true, over time such system could certainly have amassed... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by antarix 9 years ago
This is a big joke being played there. Government agencies started digging there as one of the Central Ministers instructed them to do so after he met the saint. After some criticism, government said that the gold hunt was not based on the dream, but on the basis of a report of its agency. However, that agency, Geological Survey of India (GSI), has clearly mentioned in its report that they were instructed to hunt for gold after the Minister met the saint. Till date, not one gram of gold has been found.
Comment icon #10 Posted by libstaK 9 years ago
I think these folk are about to learn alot about Gold Fever and not much else.
Comment icon #11 Posted by antarix 9 years ago
The hunt for gold was closed down after finding nothing there except some very small materials (made of iron) and after government making itself an object of jokes.


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