Buried Treasure Brings Bad Luck To Its Seekers-The Legend Of The Cursed Kingdom
November 26, 2007
The grand empire of King Jaipal of Baitool, Kerala, India stood mighty on hundred twenty acres of land. King Jaipal wanted to see Lord Brahma and wanted to acquire Brahma Gyaan (Knowledge of the universe).
The descendant of Narsingha thought that getting a glimpse of God was as easy as acquiring a piece of land. The saints, sages, and ascetics of his land were summoned to perform this task. Some of them declined while others failed. Enraged, King Jaipal forced them to do laborious tasks like digging a pond and grinding grains.
The saints who were once engrossed in meditation and spiritual practices were now slaves, whipped and tortured. Many suffered and died a painful death. The King stood on top of his fort and watched without flinching.
A great sage, Swami Mukundrajji when he heard of such heinous acts, visited the fort. With his immense power, he single-mindedly stopped all the sufferings. All the activities that they carried out by the saints, started getting completed automatically. The lake that was partially dug was suddenly filled with water. He then gave King Jaipal the vision of God and the next instant, he cursed him and his kingdom. Soon Jaipal died.
Today, the kingdom still lands but in a depilating condition. The beautiful cravings and archways have attracted many people. Those who have taken such pieces as souvenirs have suffered immense bad luck. In the end, they were forced to return the figurines back to its original source.
Many people have found gold and copper coins dating to that era and taken them home. It is said that some have turned deaf, some blind and others maimed for stealing them. Every stone surrounding the fort is cursed. The locals are afraid to visit this place at night as they hear strange cries. Some say it is the moaning sound of the tortured sages.
There is a buried treasure hidden somewhere in the fort. The dynasty after Jaipal was Gond who took over the kingdom but their generation too did not last long. The locals have said that King Jaipal had a stone called Paras which turned iron into gold by its mere touch. Jaipal used to take from his subjects iron pieces and rods instead of food grains and money as taxes. It is said that once an elephant was bound with iron chains and dipped into the pond adjoining the fort and when it was pulled out, the chains had turned into gold.
Many fortune hunters have come seeking for this stone and the lost treasure chest but none have ever returned. The dungeons have swallowed them. Finally after forty-five years, the authorities have sealed the tunnels as the count of missing people increased.
The ruined fort continues to display the intact emblems of the Gond dynasty, along with intricately carved murals, enticing people to grab them. The curse still formidably holds strong defiantly against all modern practices and beliefs.
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