Meet the mystic who triggered the Unnao treasure hunt

  • Gulam Jeelani, Hindustan Times, Buxar (Unnao)
  • Updated: Oct 26, 2013 19:49 IST
Mysterious-Swami-Shobhan-Sarkar-who-dreamt-of-a-gold-treasure-in-Unnao-is-nearly-six-feet-tall-well-built-clean-shaven-and-bald-Sketch-by-Jayanto

Sixty-five-year-old seer Shobhan Sarkar, who kept the world spellbound for over a week with his 1000 tonnes’ gold prediction in Unnao district, shuns limelight. He has given up everything worldly.

But once one is there in his ashram in Buxar, his aura is quite palpable.

Few, other than the locals, have seen him and even fewer get to speak to him as he chooses to communicate to the outside world through his disciples. Nobody, absolutely nobody, is allowed to take his photograph.

Amidst all the brouhaha over the treasure, Hindustan Times managed to have a sneak peek inside the seer’s modest ashram at Unnao (the seer has since shifted to another ashram nearby), his daily chores, life and his motley group of followers, including politicians and bureaucrats.

There is no electricity in the village and the seer sits inside a room adequately lit by sunlight. At the first glance, Sarkar doesn’t look like ordinary godmen with disorganised hair and beard. This, nearly six-feet-tall, well-built seer is clean shaven and bald and resembles more like a Buddhist monk, his sharp features notwithstanding.

Wearing just a saffron loincloth and a scarf resting loosely on his head, he sits on a leopard-printed cushion especially rolled out for darshan.

Swami Om, a disciple of Swami Shobhan Sarkar. (HT Photo)

As hundreds of devotees make a beeline at his ashram, the seer waves his hand to bless them all — in a single stroke.

He listens to some influential followers during a special one-on-one session inside the room. All his talk, except the concer n about the Indian economy, is about different levels of spirituality.

“I never advertised myself. Neither do I ever ask people to come. They come on their own,” he says while introducing Piyush Goyal, an IAS officer and a big disciple of Sarkar.

“Five chief ministers, including Mulayam Singh Yadav and politicians like Uma Bharti and Rajnath Singh, come to seek my blessings. But, I never talk about all this,” he adds.

More than his followers, it is Sarkar who talks about his recent ‘achievements’. “I cannot reveal how, when or why I came to know about 1,000 tonnes of gold lying buried in the fort,” he says while insisting, “I do not have any property or bank account, but I have the powers to carry out welfare schemes for the people.”

“Two ‘makki ki rotis’ (corn flour bread) with ‘sabzi’ once a day, is all I take to keep my body moving,” he claims even as his followers queue up with bags full of fruits, gifts and cash as offerings.

“He gave us roads and bridges. The gold is definitely there,” declares Akash Singh, one of his thousands of followers.

From Around the Web
Sponsored by Revcontent

also read

Haryana policeman in custody for molesting 6-year-old girl in bus
Show comments

Steps to disable Ad Blocker on your browser


In order to serve content on our website, we rely on advertising revenue which helps us to ensure that we continue to serve high quality unbiased journalism. From our end, we will aim to show clean and unobtrusive ads to provide you with a great browsing experience.

Request to please follow the steps below and once done, please refresh your page.


For Chrome and Ad BlockPlus users

1.Press the ‘ABP’ icon in your toolbar at top right of this page

2. Click on ‘Enabled on this site’; this should now change to ‘Disabled on this site’


chrome



For Chrome and Ad Block users

1.Press the ‘AdBlock’ icon in your toolbar

2.Select the option ‘Don’t run on pages on this domain’ and then click ‘exclude’ on the pop up


chrome

Steps to disable Ad Blocker on your browser


In order to serve content on our website, we rely on advertising revenue which helps us to ensure that we continue to serve high quality unbiased journalism. From our end, we will aim to show clean and unobtrusive ads to provide you with a great browsing experience.

Request to please follow the steps below and once done, please refresh your page.


For Mozilla and AdBlock Plus (ABP) users

1.Press the ‘ABP’ icon in your toolbar

2.Select the option ‘Disable on hindustantimes.com’


chrome

Steps to disable Ad Blocker on your browser


In order to serve content on our website, we rely on advertising revenue which helps us to ensure that we continue to serve high quality unbiased journalism. From our end, we will aim to show clean and unobtrusive ads to provide you with a great browsing experience.

Request to please follow the steps below and once done, please refresh your page.


For Internet Explorer and AdBlock Plus users

1.Press the ‘AdBlock Plus’ icon in your status bar at the bottom of the screen

2.Select the option ‘Disable on hindustantimes.com’


chrome

Steps to disable Ad Blocker on your browser


In order to serve content on our website, we rely on advertising revenue which helps us to ensure that we continue to serve high quality unbiased journalism. From our end, we will aim to show clean and unobtrusive ads to provide you with a great browsing experience.

Request to please follow the steps below and once done, please refresh your page.


For Safari and AdBlock users

1.Press the ‘AdBlock’ icon in your toolbar

2.Select the option ‘Don't run pages on this domain’ and then click 'exclude'


chrome