NEW DELHI: Shobhan Sarkar, a 65-year-old seer whose dream has set ASI on treasure hunt, is a mystery for his followers. They know little about him except that he has got many ponds and roads constructed in Kanpur, Fatehpur and Unnao from the money offered to him by his disciples.
The people of the state first came to know of him during the Mulayam Singh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party government between 2003 and 2007 when Sarkar announced that he would make an over-bridge on river Ganga to connect Unnao with Kanpur.
Building materials were brought to the spot but the then PWD Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav requested him to let the state government construct the bridge. Sarkar then used the materials to build a temple about two kms away from the palace of Rao Ram Baksh Singh in Daundia Khera.
Barely 5’ 5” tall and in a 5-metre-long saffron loincloth, Sarkar told MAIL TODAY a few days ago that he doesn’t have any wealth in his name.
“I wear khadaun (wooden Shobhan Sarkar’s ashram in Doodhikagar, Fatehpur. Sandals and wrap myself with this cloth. I neither have land in my name nor do I have a bank account,” he said.
Those close to him said: “He was born in Shuklanpurva. He did his intermediate from Brahmawart College and then took sanyas.”
Book us if you can’t find the treasure
As the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is all set to kick off its hunt for gold at Unnao’s Daundia Khera, a disciple of Swami Shobhan Sarkar has said the government can book the seer if it can’t find any treasure.
“Swami Shobhan Sarkar has shown a huge stock of gold to the government. Book us for misleading the government, if you can’t find gold,” said Om Jee, a disciple of Sarkar.
The seer had predicted that there was a hidden treasure near the palace of 19th century king Rao Ram Baksh Singh. He had dreamt that “1,000 tonnes of gold were buried underneath the palace”. The ASI and the Geological Survey of India (GSI) will start the search for the treasure in close co- ordination with the district administration on October 18.
Seek Army help The authorities, meanwhile, have decided to install CCTV cameras, cordon off the area and deploy police personnel to keep the crowd at bay during the excavation. An officer of the district administration said that some tantrics were seen roaming in the area without any reason on Tuesday night.
When asked about the preparations, District Magistrate (Unnao) VK Anand said, “There was more than one reason behind the plan to hunt for the valuable wealth.” Om Jee has urged the Centre to entrust the task of digging the earth with the Army.
“The Army can dig deeper and get the gold deposit within four hours,” he said, adding the wealth could disappear if the excavation was not completed before Diwali.
The ASI believes that the bricks of the palace belong to the 17th century and thus anything buried inside would be of the same period.
Worried seer According to experts, Nana Sahib — the talukedar of Bithur in Kanpur — was a friend of Rao Ram Baksh Singh. When Nana Sahib decided to turn rebellious against the British rule, Tatya Tope and Rani Laxmi Bai had joined him to initiate the Mutiny of 1857 in the area. He then brought his valuable wealth to Daundia Khera and buried it on the premises of Singh’s palace, they said.
The seer had earlier said he was worried about the “collapsing economy of India”. He had also claimed that his concerns for the country compelled him to write a letter to the PM and the governor of the Reserve Bank of India about the “ hidden treasure”. “ I cried the day I realised that India is going to collapse economically.
I talked to my gurus, Late Bhaskaranandji and Late Satsaganandji Maharaj, in my dream. I told them that the spirit of the king still roams around the palace and pleads to me to liberate it by digging out 1,000 tonnes of gold buried beneath his palace. My gurus laughed at me. I argued that it may be nothing for them but it is a hidden treasure for the country.
They finally agreed with me and I wrote the letter to the PM,” Sarkar had told MAIL TODAY at his ashram in Doodhikagar in Fatehpur district.