Chor Minar(which means tower of thieves) is an old tower with a gory past. Due to the stories related to the Chor Minar it is believed by the people that the place is haunted. It is not a big monument but still a lot of people visit the place.
Location: Aurobindo Marg, Hauz Khas, New Delhi – 110016
Nearest Metro Station: Hauz Khas Metro Station on Yellow Line
Nearest Bus Stand: Padmini Enclave Bus Stop
Visiting time: Seven days of the week
When and how was the Chor Minar built?
The tower was built during the reign of Alauddin Khilji in the thirteenth century. The tower is on a square shaped platform. The platform has arched cells on all the sides. The minaret is built of large, irregular shaped stones stuck together by thick mortar. Though the tower is very simple in architecture, the upper part of the tower has 225 holes in total. There is also a spiral staircase on the east side which leads to the top of the tower.
What are the stories behind its haunted title?
There are a lot of stories related to this structure, though there is not enough evidence to prove any of them.
- It is said that Alauddin Khilji killed a large number of thieves during his rule. He beheaded them and their heads were displayed on the minaret by spiking the head on a spear and put in the holes present on the upper part of the tower. This area was considered to be a place where a lot of thieves stayed. So the heads were displayed on the minaret to make sure that the thieves are discouraged by seeing their fellow thieves dead and they stop stealing due to the fear of same fate.
- It is also believed that Mongols were considered to be a potential threat to Alauddin Khilji, so he killed a lot of mongols to prevent them from joining their brethren in another Mongol settlement in Delhi. A lot of Mongols were also slaughtered under Alauddin Khilji during the raid of Ali Beg, Tarta and Targhi in 1305. Around 8,000 Mongols are said to be killed at that time.
- Many people say that during wars, the head of chiefs were also displayed on the minaret. The head of soldiers were piled up near the minaret itself. It is also said that to place a new head on the minaret, the less important heads were removed.
How is the Chor Minar maintained currently?
Though the place is considered to be haunted, a lot of people visit the place. Surrounding the minaret is now a well maintained and manicured park where people meet, families spend time together and children play. This has become a perfect place for the people living nearby for morning and evening walks, exercising and spending some relaxing time.
Why should you visit Chor Minar?
The place is good to visit if you are interested in history of India and love gory and scary stories. Even though the architectural design of the tower is very simple, it has some very interesting stories associated with it.