The Haunted Nights of DelhiIf you think Delhi is only for the living you are wrong. With so many years of history behind it, Delhi is also home to many departed souls. They may have left their gross body, but their love for this wonderful city did not allow them to leave Delhi.
They are still here, in the nooks and corners of the town. Rubbish you think? Indeed even I never believed in these stories until the night I came face to face with one of them.
My First Encounter with the Departed SoulsIf you are a resident of Delhi or even a visitor here, you must have been to Mehrauli. Qutub Complex, which houses the famous Qutub Minar is one of the most important places of tourist interest in this region.
We did not know that it was a New Moon night. Frankly speaking, we would not have bothered even if we did, amavasya, spooks and all such things did not mean anything to us.
The sun soon reached the horizon and my friends decided it was time to go back. Yet, there was lot more to see and I could not really make myself to leave that place.
Adjacent to the Jamali Kamali Mosque are the twin tombs of Sufi saint Shaikh Hamid bin Fazlullah, also known as Shaikh Jamali Kamboh and his disciple Kamali.
Suddenly I heard animals growling ferociously as if telling me to get lost; that I have intruded in a very private world. I wanted to run away; but believe me, I could not even move! When all of a sudden somebody slapped me real hard and pushed me out in the open.
My Second Encounter with the Departed
Lothian Cemetery is located at a distance of half a kilometer from Kashmiri Gate on Lothian Road. It is said to be city’s oldest cemetery and many Britishers who had died in India’s First War of Independence have been buried here.
I had deliberately chosen a moonless night. Even in the darkness I could make out graves and crosses all around. I was trying to find about the ancient Celtic cross that I had read about when I suddenly saw a rider riding towards me.
Yet, I loitered around hoping to meet another ghost who frequently comes out of his grave. I have read so much about this headless ghost. He was actually a British soldier who shot himself because his ladylove left him for somebody else.
Some Other Firsthand Encounters I heard about
Nonetheless, my curiosity about life-after increased manifold and I started making in-depth inquiry. I learnt about Sanjay Van located between Vasant Kunj and Mehrauli. An ornithologist I know went there for bird watching.
Khooni Darwaza, located near Delhi Gate on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg is another place to search for ghosts. This is the place where the three sons of Bahadur Shah Zafar were shot dead by one William Hodson.
An abandoned house in the Greater Kailash area is another of the eerie joints. My friends residing nearby have told me that an elderly couple has been murdered and left rotting in that house.
(Fullara Nag, a resident of West Bengal, who visited Delhi, describes her experience here.)