Today, archaeologists began to dig for treasure beneath a 19th century fort in northern India. The digging started after a Hindu holy man said a former king appeared to him in a dream and revealed to him of a nearly $50 billion cache! Archaeologists immediately began on the treasure hunt after Hindu swami Shobhan Sarkar recounted his dream to an Indian government minister who was visiting the swami’s ashram (secluded residence) last month. According to the swami, the spirit of King Rao Ram Baksh Singh, who was hanged in 1858 after rising against British colonial forces, told him to take care of the 1,000-ton treasure hidden under the late king’s fort in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Believing that gold and silver will be there, many interested parties have lined up to claim the treasure.
Navchandi Veer Pratap Singh, one of the king’s descendants said, “If gold is really found there, we should get our share.” The state authorities also believe they have a right to the wealth. Residents of the Daundia Khera village are impoverished and have no access to electricity, but have long known about the treasure from their elders. Silver and gold coins have been discovered by locals in the Unnao district and barricades have been put up against thousands of people hoping to see the treasure. At the bidding of the Hindu holy man, officials from the Archaeological Survey of India denied that the agency had begun the excavations.
Syed Jamal Hasan, an agency official argued, “Archaeology does not work according to the dreams of a holy man or anybody else. Archaeology is a science. We are carrying out this excavation on the basis of our findings at the site.” Many locals are hoping that Sarkar’s vision is real because he is revered as God in the area. What do you all think? Do you believe that there is treasure there? What do you think it would look like?