Is the Khooni Darwaza of Delhi, haunted ?

Khooni Darwaza, Delh

Khooni  Darwaza, located near Delhi Gate, on the Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg in Delhi, India is one of the 13 surviving gates in Delhi, the capital of India. It is near the entrance to the Maulana Azad Medical College and is about half a kilo meter to the south of the Delhi Gate of Old Delhi. Actually, it is not a gate  and only an arch way  built during the 1800s.

 The gate made of  quartzite stone 15.5 m (50.9 ft) high has a staircase lead to access different levels of the gate. This place  is frequently referred to as Khooni Darwaza on account of its  tragic association with  so many historical and political murders that had changed the course of Indian history.


The reason why this historical gate is called the Khooni Darwaza (Bloody Gate) is its close links  with the worst rebellion in the annals of British history against the oppressive and discriminatory British rule in India called ''Sepoy Mutiny'' of 1857 - one may presumably call the first major war of independence against  the British. Here, the three princes of the Mughal dynasty - Bahadur Shah Zafar's sons  Mirza Mughal and Mirza Khizr Sultan and grandson Mirza Abu Bakht were, with out remorse, shot dead  by a British Soldier, Captain William Hodson on September 22,1857. Hodson, having obtained the surrender of the Emperor, sought the unconditional  surrender of  the three princes of the royal family. Following the arrest of several members of the royal family, he proceeded to Humayun's Tomb with a platoon of 100 soldiers to confront and arrest them. He was stopped by thousands of  supporters of the Mogul ruler. However, Hudson at last killed the three  princes in the most humiliating way-stripped them naked. How did he kill them whether by using his service sword or his gun is still debatable and has been a bone of contention for  some  time. It is believed that he also  slaughtered the family members both women and children. All the dead bodies were taken away and put up for public display in front of a Kotwal.

It is also believed some major murders took place near this Khooni Dharwaza. When Jehangir's succession to the throne was protested by one of the members of 'Naratna group,' Jahangir  had two sons of  Abdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana  executed (early17th century) and left the body near the gate. Like wise the tyrannical  Aurangazeb, son of  Shah Jahan  defeated  his elder brother  Dara Shikoh in the struggle for the throne and had his head displayed at the gate.


Yet another  blood shed took place in the same place, according to historian, though questionable, it is believed, Nadir Shah of Persia (1739) during his raid on Delhi, worst massacre occurred  near the gate. The gate was built  on the outskirts of the city during the time of  Sher Shah in the 1540s and had been known as the Khooni Darwaza during the Mogul days. It was used presumably both as an outpost and the place where heads of criminals were exhibited.

 After independence  at the time of partition of India and Pakistan, more bloodshed occurred near the gate when  several refugees  from  the walled city  of Shahjahanabad for safety going to the camp established in Purana Qila under the guidance of Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, Health minister were killed here.

Recently in December, 2002, when a medical student was raped  near this place by three youths. The incident sparked much uproar and outrage all over India  and became  a serious subject matter of discussion  in  Indian parliament. 

Khooni Darwaza,Delhii

 The Khooni Darwaza is considered as a haunted place because of the gory  incidents of the past connected with it and visitations of  of spirits and  jennies. It also became a place of all kinds of criminal activities.

Not withstanding the Khooni Darwaza's notoriety because of its proximity with several murders of the past, the mystery of blood shed and gory incidents will continue into the future with no proper explanation in sight.