The mystery of India’s other golden temple: Archaeologists begin hunt for fabled hoard of treasure

Indian rupee collection

Indian rupee collection (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A very bizarre story in which the Indian government is taking action based on the dream of a religious Swami.  I suppose it doesn’t have much to lose if 1000 tonnes of gold are actually found.  Reputedly there are other such caches waiting to be found.  Where’s Indiana Jones when you want him?

 

Gold Fever

Fable or fact, this legend of gold?
There’s a tale to be told,
a myth to unfold
and maybe some truth to uphold.

Back in eighteen fifty-seven
an event occurred
which I have heard
is the start of this fabulous tale.
Rao Ram Baksh Singh,
a noble Indian warrior king,
from the fort he’d built
took a tilt at the Brits –
their Empire, the Raj.

He rose up, he rebelled
but his rising was quelled
and Baksh Singh was hanged,
cursed and damned,
left dangling from the branch of the largest tree
on the banks of the river Ganges.
But here’s the thing,
Rao Ram Baksh Singh
was a king with wealth beyond measure,
enjoying his riches, basking in pleasure,
so before going to battle he buried his treasure;
at least that was the mythical tale
passed down from father to son ’til today.

Enter the scene
the Swami Shobhan Sarkar
who said that the king
had appeared in a dream
and begged him to recover
the one thousand tonnes of gold,
buried as legend had told
in the village of Daundia Khera.

The GSI surveyed
and quickly relayed
that indeed there was something there.
So the government’s listened
to the godman’s vision
and has requisitioned
an excavation of the legendary site
in case it might
just prove the salvation
of the economy of the Indian nation.

One thousand tonnes of gold
equals what the US Federal Reserve does hold.
It would boost the worth of the Indian rupee
which is what the king wanted, said the Swami.

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17th October 2013 – headline from the Independent

Notes:  “The mystery of India’s other golden temple: Archaeologists begin hunt for fabled hoard of treasure.”  The godman-inspired gold hunt is taking place in the village of Daundia Khera in Uttar Pradesh. Here, amid the birdsong on the banks of the flat Ganges river, are the remains of a fort built by Rao Ram Baksh Singh, a local ruler who took part in the 1857 revolution against the British.  The stories said there was an enormous hoard of gold, the lost treasures of this king who had risen up against British rulers and been hanged for his dissent.  But last month, word got out that Swami Shobhan Sarkar, a local Hindu leader who has established several ashrams, or retreats, had experienced a dream in which the dead king came to him and asked him to recover the gold.  The godman was apparently concerned by reports about India’s flagging economy and plunging rupee. He said there could be as much as 1,000 tonnes of gold here and more nearby, which government could use to boost its gold reserves and help tackle its account deficit.

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