5 Lost Treasures of Ancient India

If India was called a golden bird in ancient times, the biggest reason behind it was the gold, silver, diamonds and gems of temples, caves and kings. It was this immense wealth that attracted many foreign invaders to invade India.

Treasury of Padmanabhan Temple:

There is a famous Hindu temple of Lord Vishnu located in Thiruvananthapuram in the state of Kerala, India. It is among the oldest temples in the world.  It is believed that the idol of Lord Vishnu was first obtained from this place, after which this temple has been constructed at the same place.

The Padmanam temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu was built by the kings of Travancore. It is also mentioned in the 9th century texts, Mankh. But the present form of the temple was built in the 18th century. It is believed that Thiruvananthapuram is named after the serpent named ‘Anant’ of God. Here the resting state of Lord Vishnu is called ‘Padmanabha’.

In 1750, Maharaj Martand Varma described himself as Padmanabha Das. After this the royal family dedicated themselves to Lord Padmanabha. It is believed that this is why the kings of Travancore handed over their wealth to the Padmanabha temple. The kings of Travancore ruled until 1947. After independence it was merged into India. But the government did not take over the Padmanabha Swamy temple. It was left to the royal family of Travancore. Experts also say that when the Indian government was seizing the wealth of the royal families of the country like the Nizam of Hyderabad, then the then king of Travancore may have hidden his wealth in the temple. This temple is always protecting from foreign invaders. In 1790, Tipu Sultan tried to win this temple but could not succeed.

In 1991, the last king of Travancore, Balarama Varma died. Since then, the functioning of the Padmanabhan Swamy temple has been run by a private trust under the royal family.

In 2007, an IPS officer filed a petition challenging the royal family’s authority over the treasury. On 27 June 2011, the Supreme Court asked to open the basement of this temple and prepare the details of the entire property. One lakh crore treasure was found from the 5 cellars of this temple, but the 6th basement could not be opened because the Raj family is not giving permission to open this basement. This royal family is afraid that if the sixth cellar of this temple is opened, then it will be a huge disaster. It is said that 140 years ago today an attempt was made to open the sixth cellar. Then while opening the cellar, many kinds of unknown voices and fears did not allow this to happen.

It is believed that at the time of opening the door, many other voices like a sharp edge of water were heard loudly. It felt as if the sea was hitting the storm behind the doors. Seeing this terrible sound and scene, the priests and others there were horrified. There is an old belief here that if this cellar was opened, the apocalypse of the world would start. This basement is still closed today as priests and royal family members of the temple believe that there is a secret tunnel in the sixth basement. The path of this tunnel opens directly into the sea. It is said that in this tunnel there is a giant multi-headed black serpent and a bunch of other serpents present who protect this treasure. The people of the city believe that this sixth basement of the temple is directly connected to the Arabian Sea, which connects this entire state with the western world.

The Travancore royal family is believed to have built a Tilism from large artisans of its time, including sea water. The reason is that if someone broke the sixth door to acquire the treasure at that time, then the sea water inside would have washed away the rest of the treasure and no one felt anything.

Treasure of Jaigarh Fort:

Jaigarh Fort is located in Rajasthan. Man Singh I was the commander of Akbar. Man Singh conquered Afghanistan in 1580 and brought the treasure of Muhammad Ghazni to India. He also robbed tons of gold and silver with him. It is said that he did not surrender this property to the Mughal Sultanate and hid it in the fort of Jaigarh. An old Arabic book, Haft Tilismat-e-Amberi (Seven Treasures of Amber), also mentions that there is a lot of gold and silver hidden in the fort. Seven huge water tanks have been built under the Jaigad Fort, it is believed that the treasure was in them.

Some people even say that Man Singh had told about this treasure to Jodha and he had kept this treasure in a temple in Fatehpur Sikhari, later this treasure was destroyed as well.

It is also said that during the Emergency in the country in 1976, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi excavated inside the fort for 6 months in search of this treasure and also engaged the army in this work and it was officially announced that the government didn’t find anything.

But according to sources this is not true but the truth is that when the army finished its campaign, then the Delhi-Jaipur highway was closed to the common people for a day. It is said that during this time the treasure of Jaigad Fort was brought to Delhi by filling it in army trucks and the government wanted to keep it hidden from the public eye. The highway closure is confirmed from many reliable sources, but the government has never given any explanation to the RTI.

In August 1976, the Government of India received a letter from the then Prime Minister of the neighbouring country, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, in which he wrote to Mrs. Indira Gandhi, ‘The treasure hunt is going on there and I want to remind you to take care of Pakistan’s claim on the real part of the property found”.

In response to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s letter, Indira wrote, “We had asked our legal advisors to carefully study the claim you made on behalf of Pakistan. But they are saying that this claim has no legal basis. Well nothing like treasure was found here”.

Treasure of Son Cave:

In Rajgir, Bihar, this cave claims to have a lot of money. According to the Archaeological Survey of India, these caves belong to the third or fourth century. It is believed that Ajatashatru arrested his father Bimbisara and kept him in this cave. Bimbisara hid him in the cellars of this cave to save his wealth from Ajatshatru’s hands. Two large rooms were built by cutting the rocks of this entire cave. In the first room of the cave where the soldiers had to stay. At the same time, the treasure was hidden in another room. The second room is covered with a large rock. There is something written in a conch script on a rock of this cave. In connection with this, it is popular belief that the secret of opening this treasure room is written in the same conch script. Which no one has read till date.

The British also attacked this cave with cannons to get the food hidden in this cave, whose marks can still be seen on it. This cave made of stones was so strong that the British had to return empty handed.

Secret of Kamarunag Lake in Himachal Pradesh:

About 60 km from Mandi. People believe this lake is very sacred. Due to this belief, people come from far away and offer precious jewels and rupees to this lake. It is also said that the offering of gold and silver in this lake fulfills the vow. People offer any jewel of their body here. The lake is full of money, this gold and silver is never taken out of the lake because it belongs to the gods. It is also believed that this lake goes directly to Hades. The treasure of the gods is hidden in it.

Treasure of Charminar tunnel:

There is a 15 feet wide and 30 feet high underground tunnel between the historic Golconda fort and Charminar. This tunnel was built by Sultan Quli Qutb Shah. It is believed that the royal family kept their royal treasure in this tunnel. Though the purpose of constructing this tunnel was to reach Charminar from the fort in difficult times, but later the secret basement was built here and precious gems including gold and silver coins were deposited. Nizam Mir Osman Ali made a map in 1936 to extract this treasure but was not excavated.