Khooni Darwaza – The Bloody History of the Khooni Darwaza

Khooni Darwaza – The Bloody History of the Khooni Darwaza

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Khooni Darwaza which translates to Bloody Gate of a Delhi that gets its name from the unfortunate events that happened at this gate. It is situated at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg in central Delhi.

The infamous gate was constructed by Sher Shah Suri in 16th century. Originally it was called Kabuli Darwaza as people going to Afghanistan used to pass through this gate. It is said that the Darawaza was also used for displaying heads of criminals during that era. It is not a gate in conventional sense instead can be called a small fortress. The height of this infamous gate is 15.5 meter and its top can be approached through three staircases.

Although Khooni Darwaza was drenched in blood on many occasions in history. It was named Khooni Darwaza after an incident in the year 1857 when three Mughal Prince:  Mirza Mughal, Mirza Abu Bekar and Mirza khizr Sultan were killed at this place.

History of Khooni Darwaza:

After the death of Emperor Akbar, his court was divided in two groups one supported Jahangir accession to the throne others supported Khusrau Mizra (son of Jahangir) as the next king. Many Navratan of Akbar’s court opposed Jahangir’s accession as he was considered incompetent by them. Jahangir was always involved in alcoholism and consumption of opium. Hence a lot of people opposed him including Raja Man Singh, Mirza Aziz Koka, Abdul Rahim khan i Khanna and sons.

In order to punish the people who opposes him, whom he called traitors, Jahangir Killed two sons of Abdul Rahim khan i Khanna at the Khooni Darwaza. And left their bodies at the Khooni Darwaza to be eaten by the birds.

Rahim was son of Bairam Khan who was Mentor of Mughal Emperor Akbar and later Rahim became Akbar’s step son. He was a proficient minister and one of Akbar’s Navratana’s.  He was considered as one of the contenders for the throne by many. Khooni Darwaza was drenched in blood of sons of Abdul Rahim khan i Khanna to set an example for the opposing forces of Jahangir. This one of the first incidents that lead to this site been looked at as cursed site.

Another infamous event that happened at the Khooni Darwaza was after Aurangzeb house arrested his father Shah Jahan. In order to claim the throne of Mughal Empire Aurangzeb killed his elder brother Dara Shikhoh (who was heir apparentand chosen successor of Shah Jahan) and left his head displayed at Khooni Darwaza.

Another time when this place saw bloodshed was in 1857. The British army captured rebellion Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar and his family. While they were taken away by the British Captain Hudson about 3000 Muslims gather around Khooni Darwaza to register their revolt. Looking at the site Hudson got furious and killed three Mughal princes at the Khooni Darwaza in front of the crowd. After that he striped their dead bodies and hung them near police station of Chandni Chowk.   

Yet another heinous bloodshed happened at this site during partition of India in 1947. This was the time when communal differences between the communities were at its peak. When the refugees were being taken to Purana Quila where the government had set up camps for the refugees, on the way to the camp the refugees were taken hostage and killed in masses at Khooni Darwaza.

Once again in 2002, this infamous location was in news and again for a disgusting reason. A medical student became a victim of gang rape at this place. The rapist used this place for their heinous crime. After this unfortunate event entry to the site was closed.

The rumours of this place being haunted have been making rounds from years. It is said that spirits of all those killed at the spot still roams around.

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