Apart from the thousand words I write everyday, I wrote a letter of 200 words approx. and addressed it to the djinns of this place. They visit the spot every Thursday, says popular opinion. Flowers, sugar, incense sticks and flour are offered as tokens.
Outside this beautiful place is a structure with a history, Khooni Darwaza, which is also the name for another gate at Dariba Kalan, Old Delhi. On Sept 22,1857, as a retaliation to the Sepoy Mutiny Major Hudson murdered Mirza Mughal, Mirza Khizr and Mirza Abu Bakr, the sons and grandson respectively, of the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar(AD 1837-57). They were stripped naked and beheaded. Out of the 3000 people who had gathered to watch the scene, there was none who protested. Hudson was surprised by this though the princes had put up a strong defence against him. It's said to be haunted and one of the spookiest places in Delhi. There were ravens and crows screeching when I visited the place, I had never seen something like that. Where you offer prayers is a deep underground cave with letters, flowers and candles. All the supernatural aspects to the architecture sound superficial but I saw people coming to thank the djinns when their wishes had been granted. How paradoxical, it's called haunted but then people have religious faith as well. The Khooni Darwaza is magnificent and the sad state of war ridden Delhi can be found in Ghalib's writings who spoke of the chaos during the revolt. A story of loss, chaos, separation and dilapidation.
I wrote the letter in Bengali.
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