The Indian government is digging for treasure after a civic-minded Hindu village sage dreamt that 1 000 tons of gold was buried under a ruined palace, and wrote to tell the central bank about it.
The state Archaeological Survey of India has sent a team to the village of Daundia Khera in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. They were due to start digging on Friday, Praveen Kumar Mishra, the head archaeologist, said.
Yogi Swami Shobhan Sarkar says the gold belonged to a 19th-century ruler, Rao Ram Bux Singh. He says he wants it in government hands to help India recover from an economic crisis.
“I cried the day I realised that India is going to collapse economically,” the seer told the Mail Today newspaper. The dream haul could be worth $40 billion (R396bn) and would be enough to replace India’s annual gold imports. – Reuters