Khooni darwaza, also known as the lal darwaza or kabuli darwaza is considered to be a haunted place by many people. Most of the people visit this structure mostly because of the curiosity after hearing the probable incidents that took place here in the past.
Location: Opposite Feroz Shah Kotla, Bahadur Shah Zafar Road, New Delhi
Nearest Metro Station: Pragati Maidan on Blue Line
Nearest Bus Stand: Shaheed Bhagat Singh Park Bus Stop
Entry Timings: 24 Hours
Who constructed the Khooni Darwaza?
This gate is not just a gate, but a proper monument which was constructed by Sher Shah Suri. The monument is made of quartzite stone and is a 15.5 metre high building. The building has different levels and there are three staircases which lead to the different levels of the monument.
What are the historical reasons behind its being called haunted
The monument is considered to be haunted by many people due to the historical events that took place here. Though there is not a good evidence so as to decide if these stories are true or not.
- Among many of the stories related to this gate, one is from the era of Jahangir. It is believed that Jahangir had two sons of Abdur Rahim Khan-e-Khanan(son of Bairam Khan) killed here and left the bodies to rot. This was done as an act of revenge because Rahim supported Khusro for the claim of throne instead of Jahangir.
- Another story is related to Aurangzeb. It is believed that he had his elder brother, Dara Shikoh, beheaded at this gate. Dara Shikoh was declared to be the successor of the throne by the king himself but Aurangzeb wanted to rule. This dispute was converted to a war and lead to Dara Shikoh’s defeat.
- The most popular story about this gate is related to the Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar’s son’s and grandson’s death. A British soldier captain named William Hodson had forced Bahadur Shah Zafar to surrender, after which he asked Bahadur Shah Zafar’s sons Mirza Mughal, Mirza Khizr Sultan And Bahadur Shah Zafar’s grandson, Mirza Abu Bakht also to surrender unconditionally at Humayun’s tomb. After this, sixteen members of the royal family were being transferred and when they reached the gate, William Hodson had to face a large number of muslims. In fear of releasing the princes under their pressure, he killed all the three princes at this gate on September 22,1857 and took off their upper garments and left them there to rot.
- During the partition riots of 1947, a large number of innocent people were killed here.
Due to the above mentioned stories, the place is considered to be haunted by the ghosts of people who were killed here.
Why is the entry to the monument closed for public?
Another heartbreaking incident that took place at the gate was the gangrape of a student of Maulana Azad Medical College in 2002, after which the entry to this monument was closed for public. Apart from this, other illegal incidents also take place at this gate.
Why should you visit the place?
This place is interesting mostly because of the haunted stories related to it. Most of the people find this place very spooky while others don’t. Many people also believe that the place used to be the home of many jinns who disliked foreigners and harassed them in some or the other way.
Even though the monument is not big, you must visit the place to get some thrill if you have even slightest interest in ghostly stories.