Khooni Darwaza

Khooni Darwaza

Khooni Darwaza – the name itself has horror written all over it. Had this place not been in the middle of a road, it could easily have been an ideal place for shooting of a supernatural themed movie. There is already an original story in place for the movie.
Khooni darwaza was originally called Kabuli Darwaza and formed the boundary of Shergarh – the city which was originally built by Humayun and later taken over by Sher Shah Suri. Kabuli Darwaza became Khooni darwaza 300 years later in 1857.

When the British re-captured the city after the sepoy  uprising, Bahadur Shah Zafar – the last Mughal King went into hiding at the Humayun’s tomb along with his family. The British offered to spare his life if he surrendered. He did so. But his sons (who had led forces against the English army) kept on hiding. Some time later, when British came to know about them, they asked them to surrender too. Thinking that their lives would be spared like their father, they surrendered too. The British, meanwhile had no intentions to keep them alive. While Captain Hodson was taking them back to the city, a crowd started gathering, threatening to rescue the princes (this fact is disputed though).
Hodson then stripped the princes and shot them in cold blood at point-blank range. This happened at the Khooni Darwaza.

It is said that the spirit of the princes still haunts the place. Though they did not disturb me but the place does have the haunted look to it. It lies hidden among the trees with an old chowkidar mysteriously sitting there all by himself. While I was clicking some photos, I day dreamed about the chowkidaar slowly walking up to me and in his shaky voice telling me that he was a Mughal descendent and had royal blood in his veins.

Oh Damn. Was that a day dream or did it really happen!!!

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3 Responses to Khooni Darwaza

  1. Rahul says:

    🙂 Loved your narration… Very interesting to know. I never had heard about this place. And a very sad story associated with it. The British had done a lot of excesses on India… Perhaps they left Bahadurshah because he was too old for any threat; and they killed his sons because they could fight and could rebuild an army…

    • SiD... says:

      Thanks… The seniors in British didn’t want to have Bhadar Shah zafar spared too but the Captain who had gone to get him out from Humayun’s tomb had made a promise that he won’t be hurt… so to keep that promise they did not kill him but sent him to exile in Rangoon…

  2. Amrut says:

    Hmmm.. This was nice.. So many things that we dont know.. huh…

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