Exploring through some of the most ancient monuments of the world, sometimes, some archaeologists happen to stumble upon some even deeper secrets. It could be a hidden passage, a mysterious room, an untold tale or even our very own version of the National treasure movie series, right here. It is a reality and it could be the greatest and biggest treasures that the world could ever witness or never witness at all.
Here we give you some of our favourite confidential stories.
National Library of Kolkata
In 2010, a team of archaeologists stumbled upon a mysteriously hidden room in the 250-year-old National Library building in Kolkata. Built by the Nawab of Bengal in the 1760s and converted into the Imperial Library in 1891, there were many speculations as to who built the room. Later confirming that it was built by the British lords, archaeologists had various theories about its purpose. Some notions, in fact, suggested that it was used by the British rulers as a torture room or a treasure vault. The “mysterious room” however has a rather unexciting story. It turned out to be a block stuffed with mud, perhaps constructed by the architects of the time to strengthen the base of the building.
Even though the secret room did not prove to be as interesting, the library posses almost all published material from 17th century England and onwards.
Built as a secret army base by the 18th-century ruler and his successors during the Ahom wars, Talatal Ghar is actually part of Rangpur Palace. The Talatal Ghar actually houses 2 tunnels, almost 3 stories under the ground. While one is a 3km long corridor connecting to the Dhikow river, the other one is a 16km long escape route leading to the Garhgaon Palace.
The Ahom Kings used both of these hidden tunnels as exit ways during the Ahom wars.
This temple is one of the most revered and sacred structures in South India located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. It is, in fact, the most visited Hindu temple in all of India as well. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this temple holds an era of secrets. In 2011, a case filed against the Travancore Royal Family saying that they had mismanaged the assets in the Padmanabhaswamy Temple that lead to an investigation. To everyone’s surprise, six hidden vaults were discovered making it a very mysterious case in the public eye. 22 billion dollars worth of golden idols, elephants, necklaces, and coins were discovered. Considering the money that amounts to, this sparked a huge controversy.
One of the chambers thought of as very holy and supposedly having an idol of Padmanabhaswamy, is said to unleash horror-ridden realities and dreadful calamities for the world, if opened by humans with the help of technology.
The two greatest monuments of Hyderabad, the Charminar and the Golconda Fort are believed to have several hidden tunnels connecting them. Even though the passage was never found there are more than enough structures leading to one, in the almost 430 years old monuments. In the course of the last few years, many archways have been found and lost in the area. Recently in 2015, 2 new archways were found suggesting the presence of a 9km long “surang” as the locals call it, but in fact, destroyed in ignorance. Some archaeologists think that it could’ve been serai destroyed by Aurangzeb’s troops when they finally conquered Golconda in 1687, if not the tunnels.
An 18th-century air tunnel was found in the Amber Palace, is one of the only secrets of the ancient Indian monuments that is actually open to the public, well at least a part of it. Connecting to the Jaigarh Fort of Jaipur, this 325m long passage was a way to evacuate the royal family from the palace in case of an attack, undetected and defended by the army. This carefully preserved route between the 2 landmarks was inaugurated as a tourist destination in itself in 2011.
This seventeenth-century fort which was built by Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor in the year 1638 on his fortified capital Shahjahanabad, the Red Fort or was recently found to have a secret of its very own secret. In 2017, the Archaeological Survey of India personnel discovered this chamber that had nothing inside it, but it is believed that ammunition and firearms were kept under here. It was possible to keep it from heating from the direct rays of the sun while the muddy walls of the chambers act as an insulator.
The chamber made of Lakhori brick was a very common occurrence during the British Mughal era for a weaponry storeroom to be in place and it’s surprising nonetheless that it was only discovered a few years ago.