After Dream, Archaeologists Hunt for Gold in India

Guru believes there's more than 1K tons under palace
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2013 8:09 AM CDT
After Dream, Archaeologists Hunt for Gold in India
A sadhu's dream of hidden gold treasure at Raja Rao Ram Bux Singh's fort has prompted a team of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to survey the area and begin excavation work from October 18.   (India News)

That archaeologists are exploring what was buried in the ground where a palace once stood in northern India is fairly mundane news—except that they're on the hunt for more than 1,100 tons of gold ... that a guru dreamed is located there. The dig began yesterday at the fort of Raja Rao Ram Bux Singh in Uttar Pradesh state, three months after Swami Shobhan Sarkar passed along news of his dream to officials, reports the AFP. He says he was told by Raja Rao, who was hanged by the British in 1857, that the gold was there and should be given to the government. And there might actually be something there.

The Hindustan Times reports that a team of officials with the Archaeological Survey of India was dispatched to investigate last month. What they found, in the words of the Times: "traces of hidden gold pertaining to 19th century" some 65 feet underground. India Today reports that drilling machines that made two holes there last week had hit something that seemed "different" at that level. The team intends to dig slowly, so it could take as many as five weeks for it to hit that depth. And according to Sarkar, it could take some work. The gold "will not be found at one place but deep digging would have to be done at several points," he says. Of course, if he's right, here's more tempting news: He reportedly also told officials there is roughly 2,750 tons of gold buried in the village of Adampur as well. (Click for an equally unusual story involving gold.)

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