Jamali Kamali Mosque and Tomb is another historical places in Delhi that is a must-visit for history buffs. The stories of ghosts and jinns also add to the curiosity of the people which makes a lot of people come here and explore the place.
Location: Mehrauli, New Delhi
Entry Timings: 10:00 am to 06:00 pm
Nearest Metro Station: Qutub Minar Metro Station on Yellow Line
Nearest Bus Stand: Ahimsa Sthal Bus Station
Jamali Kamali Mosque and Tomb, located in the Archeological Village Complex in Mehrauli is one of those places in Delhi that is considered to be haunted according to the people. The complex consists of a beautiful enclosed garden in which there are two monuments. One of the monuments is a mosque and another one is a tomb that houses graves of two people named Jamali and Kamali.
Who were Jamali and Kamali?
Jamali was the name given to a well respected Sufi Saint named Sheikh Fazlullah who was also known by the names Shaikh Jamali Kamboh or Jalal Khan. Jamali was a well known Sufi poet who travelled to Asia and in the middle east areas. Jamali was born in a Sunni merchant family, but was introduced to Sufism by Sheikh Sama-ud-din. He was such a talented poet that he became a court poet and served not only during the Modi dynasty but also the Mughals.
Though there is a lot of information available related to Jamali, not much is known about Kamali. Some stories suggest that Jamali and Kamali were brothers, while some suggest that Kamali was a female and most probably Jamali’ wife. There is no evidence supporting any of the stories though. Even though the identity is unknown, it can be said that Kamali was somehow related to Jamali as their graves are too close to each other.
What is the structure of the complex?
The mosque is believed to be built during 1528-1529 and is situated between a lush green garden. The mosque has been built in redstone and is beautifully adorned. The prayer hall in the mosque has five arches in total but only the central arch has a dome on the top. The walls and the niches of the mosque are filled with Quranic inscriptions that add to the beauty of the mosque.
The tomb is a square monument that consists of two graves inside, both made of marbles – Jamali’s and Kamali’s. The tomb does not have any dome on the top, but a flat ceiling that is beautifully decorated and painted in red and blue colours. The ceiling is covered with the beautiful colours and Quranic inscriptions, while the walls have the poems of Jamali inscribed on them.
What is the current scenario of the monument?
The Jamali and Kamali Mosque and Tomb are maintained and protected by the Archeological Survey of India and they have taken every step in order to protect the monument. Rs. 1.5 millions have been used for the purpose of conserving the monument.
Though there are not many visitors who come to the place even though it is placed so near to the Qutub Minar, you will find many kids playing around and people coming for a walk. A lot of people believe that the place is haunted and there have been rumours of people being slapped by an invisible force and voices coming from inside the complex at nights. Due to such rumours and in order to protect the place, the Friday prayers and gathering have been prohibited in the complex.
This is a must-visit for people who love visiting places of historical significance and also who are interested in scary stories. Such people can come and explore the place and find out if any of these ghostly stories are true.