The Delhi Jinx

Is Delhi jinxed? A study of History to see if this is true

Basic study of our History with regard to Delhi, we see some startling facts and we realise that Sadguru’s statement that Delhi is a Jinxed or cursed place is true.
Basic study of our History with regard to Delhi, we see some startling facts and we realise that Sadguru’s statement that Delhi is a Jinxed or cursed place is true.

Our ancient Rishis and Gurus had always seen the Prana Shakti, Daivi Shakti or Asuri Shakti behind every matter, place, principle, rule and Dharma. They never saw them as inanimate, lifeless aspects. Their belief was that nothing in this creation exists or works without Prana in that. Once we understand the nature of the Prana Shakti behind any matter, place, rule or Dharma, our understanding of that is complete.

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There are scientific, Pranic and Dharmic reasons behind many of our Shastras. Our Rishis and Gurus had Darshan of those Shastras and the Prana behind them. Based on what they saw, they gave us many valuable Shastras for us to follow. One such Shastra is Vastu Shastra. What we popularly understand as Vastu Shastra in the modern times is what we apply to buildings, factories and houses. Over the years we as a civilization have long forgotten the importance of using such Shastras for the well being and progress of a large society and have confined using them only for individual benefits.

Sadguru Sivananda Murthy Garu had propounded a narrative about our national capital based on the principles enshrined in such Shastras. He said that Delhi is a cursed place to be the capital of India and as long as Delhi is the capital, the Dharmic forces will continue to suffer disproportionately. He was asked what else should be our capital. He smiled and said that if Ayodhya were to become the capital, the nation would get Ramarajya.

If we do some basic study of our History with regard to Delhi, we see some startling facts and we realise that Sadguru’s statement that Delhi is a Jinxed or cursed place is true.

For brevity sake let us examine only some prominent rulers from Delhi, their fate and the fate of Bharat during their rule, to understand this Delhi jinx aspect. 

What Delhi does to rulers
Ruler Ruler’s Fate Impact on Bharat
Yudhishtira Lost his wealth, wife, brothers and prestige. Had to spend fourteen years in exile and wage a terrible battle to regain his glory.  The insult to Mata Draupadi has been a curse on this nation especially for those that rule from Delhi. The Mahabharata war resulted in an unprecedented loss of life and disruption in the Bharatavarsha’s life.
Prithiviraj Chauhan As long as he ruled from Ajaymeru (Ajmer) as his capital he defeated Mohd Ghori many times and stopped Islamic invasion into mainland India. Soon after he moved his capital to Delhi- Rai Pithoda Khila near Qutub Minar, he lost the very next battle to Mohd Ghori and was brutally tortured and killed. His wife was raped and kept as a slave by Mohd Ghori under instigation from Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti. Two of Prithiviraj’s daughters were gifted by Mohd Ghori to Chisti who had destroyed and occupied the grand Shiva temple in Ajmer.    The defeat of Prithiviraj Chauhan resulted in Islamic rule taking control of Bharat. Ghori nominated his slave Qutbu-din Aibak to rule the nation. Effectively Bharat became the slave of Ghori’s slave. Bharat could not recover for the next 900 years from the yoke of this slavery. 
Razia Sultana The first women ruler to sit on Delhi throne, she was hounded, defeated and killed in less than four years. Soon after the death of Razia Sultan the rule passed on to Khilji dynasty which ruled for less than thirty years but unleashed untold miseries on Hindu temples, massacring Hindus in Lakhs and conquering southern India for Islamic rule for the first time. 
Ibrahim Lodi The last of the Lodi kings who ruled for 75 years from Delhi was Ibrahim Lodi. He had an army of more than one Lakh soldiers and yet was defeated by Babur with just a force of ten thousand armies.  Lodi’s defeat resulted in the entry of Mughals into India who consolidated Islamic power across almost all of Bharat. 
Humayun  Babur left India in the hands of his son Humayun who could not retain power in Delhi. He was immediately dethroned and banished from India. Such is the curse of Delhi.  The nation was ruled for 25 years by 7 rulers of the Suri dynasty resulting in many conflicts and turmoil. 
Raja Hemchandra Vikramaditya Very insultingly referred to as Hemu in our history books, he was the last Hindu king to sit on the throne of Delhi. Prior to his coronation to Delhi, he had a reputation of having won 22 battles against Muslim armies of Afghanistan and others. He could rule from Delhi for less than one month. When he faced Akbar’s army in the second battle of Panipat. A battle almost won when the Mughal army was retreating, a stray arrow struck his eye when he lost his conscious and fell down from the elephant. Before he could recover the battle was lost and the Mughals beheaded him almost immediately. While he was successful for many years from outside Delhi, the Delhi curse ate him up as soon as he took control of Delhi.   Had Hemchandra Vikramaditya won the second battle of Panipat the Hindu rule in Bharat would have been re-established. Unfortunately, his defeated meant that Mughals consolidated power in Bharat and Hindus were subjected to slavery under their Islamic rule.  
Shahjahan Akbar did not rule from Delhi but ruled from Agra instead. He had built Fatehpur Sikri and Sikandra and the Mughal under Akbar, Jahangir and Shahjahan was done from either Agra or Fatehpur Sikri but NOT from Delhi. Hence, they had a glorious reign of ruling large parts of Bharat. Shahjahan built the Red Fort in Delhi and moved his capital from Agra to Delhi in the latter part of his rule. Soon after he moved to Delhi, he was arrested and put in Agra fort as a prisoner by his own son Aurangzeb. He died a very sad and heartbroken man.     The so-called glorious period of Mughal rule where there was some space for Hindus ended with Shahjahan resulting in brutal jihadi, Islamic rule of Aurangzeb.
Aurangzeb Aurangzeb was coroneted in the Red Fort at Delhi. He fought battles across the nation throughout most of his life and was troubled by Shivaji in a big way. While he was campaigning in the Deccan, the Pindaras raided the Mazaar of Akbar, pulled out his bones and burnt them. Despite his brutality on Hindus, he realised on his deathbed that he failed to make Bharat and Islamic country. He died a very sad and disheartened man. Aurangzeb’s rule resulted in a brutal form of Sharia being imposed on Bharat. Including Jizya tax, he was singularly responsible for the maximum number of forceful conversions of Hindus of Bharat. 

Among thousands of Hindu temples that were destroyed by him, prominent are Krishna Janmasthan of Mathura and Vishwanath Mandir of Kashi.

He was responsible for the brutal beheading of Guru Tej Bahadur for refusing to convert to Islam.

The impact of his rule on Hindus and their holy land is so deep and strong that we have not recovered from it till date.

Bahadur Shah Zafar The last Mughal King to rule from Delhi was Bahadur Shah Zafar who had no power beyond his palace. After the death of Aurangzeb, Mughals lost power in most part of the nation and so their rule was confined to around the region of Delhi only. That is the effect of moving the capital of mighty Mughals to Delhi from Agra.

During the 1857 First war of India Independence, the leaders of the freedom movement declared Bahadur Shah Zafar as their king and installed him in Delhi. Since the movement considered Delhi as their capital and Bahadur Shah Zafar as their king they were affected by the curse and lost their freedom struggle. Zafar himself was imprisoned and was exiled to Rangoon where he died a sad lonely and forgotten death.

The death of Bahadur Shah Zafar resulted in India directly being ruled by the British crown. For the next 90 years, Bharat moved from Islamic slavery to European Christian slavery. The impact of British colonialism is still dominant in the Indian administration, politics, religion, society and lifestyle.
British Raj British ruled successfully across pan India, won almost all their battles from Attock in the west to the Kohima in the east, from Gilgit in the north to Tippu sultan in the south and were the masters of the largest landmass of Bharat that anyone ever ruled after the Magadha Dynasty.

But with 26 years of moving their capital to Delhi from Kolkata such a mighty British empire not just lost their crown jewel India, the entire British empire itself collapsed. Such is the jinx of Delhi.

The Decisions made by the British after moving their capital to Delhi has devastated Bharat. The most devastating decision they took was to partition India and give a separate nation to Muslims. This resulted in the world’s largest exodus of humans across borders with most untold and brutal killings, rape, loot and destruction of centuries of cultural heritage and nation. 
Jawaharlal Nehru The first Prime Minister of India shows Delhi as the nation’s capital which resulted in untold miseries. Nehru wanted to be a statesman but ended up taking wrong decisions on many issues like 

  • Kashmir
  • Hyderabad
  • Sardar Patel
  • Tibet/China
  • UN Security council
  • Choice of First Governor-General
  • Economic Policies
  • Dynasty Rule

He died a very sad, defeated and disheartened man with a heavy heart of having lost a major chunk of India land to Pakistan and China and his dreams of being a world’s statesman shattered during his own life.

The nation lost huge chunks of land to Pakistan and China in the form of POJK and Aksai Chin which we are unable to recover till date. 

The Nehruvian socialism ruined the Indian economy and delayed the progress of the nation by several decades.

Many genuine freedom fighters and national leaders were sidelined to the benefit of his own dynasty. He has left a very long-standing unsolved legacy in Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh.

A seat in the security council permanent seat was refused in favour of china the result of which we are unable to recover till date.

Lal Bahadur Shastri In spite of his simplicity sincerity and hardworking, he ended up signing a ceasefire agreement with Pakistan that was detrimental to Bharat. His death on the very next day has not been properly investigated and explained till date. Most likely he was assassinated. The fate of a good Prime Minister was cut short by the Delhi jinx.  The 1965 war unleashed by Pakistan resulted in a stalemate with marginal advantage to India. Our army had captured strategic posts on the Pirpanjal Range yet all these gains were surrendered on the table on negotiations at Tashkent. This resulted in an adverse position for Indian forces in those mountains till date. This has resulted in an advantage to Pakistan exploiting which it is still unleashing terror in Kashmir. 
Indira Gandhi Indira Gandhi was a typical dynast who suppressed and eliminated any and all kinds of dissent and threat to her, politically as well as physically. 

She was assassinated by her own security guards showing how wrong her rule and policies towards Sikhs were.

The Delhi Curse ate up Mrs Gandhi.

Indira Gandhi’s rule resulted in many disastrous consequences for Bharat prominent among which are 

  • Imposition of Emergency
  • Curtailing Democracy and freedom of citizens of Bharat, first time ever after independence.
  • The victory of the Indian army in East Pakistan was squandered due to her arrogance at the Shimla negotiation table.
  • She inserted the word ‘Secularism’ in the preamble of our constitution in the most undemocratic way by an ordinance when the parliament was suspended under the state of emergency.
  • She created the monster of Khalistan movement and Bindraanwale, the result of which the nation had to face several decades of Punjabi terrorism and loss of several thousand lives.
Morarji Desai

Charan Singh

VP Singh



IK Gujral

From 170 days to less than 2 ½ years, none of these prime ministers could provide stable governments and their contributions have been marginal and insignificant. 

During Moraji era some major mistakes were made in terms of weakening Indian intelligence agencies.

During VP Singh’s rule, the society was divided into caste lines based on the Mandal commission report.

Chandrashekar never faced the parliament.

Devegowda is remembered as a sleeping prime minister who did not inspire confidence to anyone.

IK Gujral proposed a doctrine which was to accept any amount of treachery from Pakistan without complaining about it.

The Short bursts of these governments resulted in significant policy paralysis and instability this resulted in significant slowing down of India’s growth. 

The world powers did not give any respect to such unstable and insignificant governments.

Rajiv Gandhi After Nehru Rajiv Gandhi received the biggest mandate for any Prime minster in the country and yet in five years time he not just lost power but was himself assassinated by LTTE of Srilanka.

The Delhi curse not just ate up Rajiv Gandhi’s mandate but it also consumed him.

In spite of 400 plus mandate Rajiv Gandhi ended with Muslim appeasement in Shah Bano case by overturning supreme court judgement. 

His intervention in Sri Lanka through IPKF resulted in Tamil militancy separatism and terrorism taking deep roots in Tamil Nadu as well as in Srilanka.

Rajiv is more popularly associated with the Bofors Scam even till date.

His death resulted in disproportionate power wresting with his widow the Italian born Sonia Gandhi.

P V Narasimha Rao One of the best and the finest Prime Minister India ever had. Who had successfully eliminated Punjab militancy, had brought peace to the North East and ushered in economic reforms, had to suffer significantly in the latter part of his rule when he faced corruption scandals and the constant threat of Sonia Gandhi taking over the party. 

He is the first Prime minister to have been prosecuted for corruption and was briefly arrested before he was immediately given bail the very next moment.

When he died his body was not allowed entry into the congress headquarters nor was a state funeral allowed in Delhi.

The Yamuna Ghats are only reserved for Gandhi’s.

An excellent administration, biggest economic reforms and the biggest event in the Ram Janmabhoomi movement could not still save such a great PM like PVNR. 

The nation had to suffer bouts of instability for a couple of years resulting in significantly losing the advantages of economic reforms.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee He suffered instability of his government three times, lost the confidence vote with just one vote, and finally lost the 2004 elections to an Italian born Sonia Gandhi in spite of his great developmental works. 

He walked away into oblivion almost immediately after he lost power unlike other surviving ex-Prime ministers of his period.

Delhi curse consumed such a great leader in the fag end of his rule.

A great statesman, patriot, nationalist and a great Hindu leader. Suffered the effects of the Delhi curse 

  • When he got Kargil in return for Lahore Bus Yatra.
  • Had to shake hands with the same General Musharaff who unleashed the Kargil war at the Agra Summit
  • Ended up taking a wrong decision of releasing three terrorists including Masood Azhar in exchange for the Hijacked passengers.
  • When parliament was attacked by the same Masood Azhar’s terrorists he ordered Operation Parakram but could not take a decision of teaching a strong lesson to Pakistan.
  • Letting go, Ottavio Quattrocchi, when he was caught abroad and that nation was willing to extradite him to India.

Many of the decisions taken by him especially during the later part of his administration were not expected of him. But such decisions came from him because of the Delhi curse.

Dr Man Mohan Singh Though he lasted as a PM for 10 years. History will always remember him as a puppet in hands of Sonia Gandhi and as a Dhritarashtra who closed his eyes to the massive loot that happened during his rule.  While he could bring in major economic reforms as a finance minister under PVNR, as a Prime minister he could not even who his FM could be and he ended up implementing economic policies of entitlements, freebies or doles which was completely against his reforms policies. 

India never had any great respect in the comity of nations during his rule as the world did not perceive him to be the real power centre.

A very dangerous narrative of Hindu terror was unleashed during his rule to counter the growing Islamic terrorists attacks on India which his administration failed to control.

In spite of the terrible Mumbai attacks, his response to punishing Pakistan was extremely poor.

As can be seen from the above examples the Delhi curse consumes everybody who rules from Delhi and even good rulers will be made to take wrong decisions which are detrimental to our national interests.

What is the Way Forward?

As suggested by Sadguru Sivananda Murthy Garu moving the capital from Delhi to its North East like Ayodhya, Varanasi, Prayag, Lucknow, Kanpur, Patna, Ranchi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Gorakhpur or any other suitable place would give tremendous strength to Dharmic forces and glory to Bharat.

If we look at the history of the major powers of the world we can understand the significance of having the capital in North East.

Significance of North East
Country Capital Location Details
USA Washington DC North East Superpower
China Beijing  North East Emerging Superpower
Russia Moscow NE of European Russia Major World Power

(India’s largest empire ever)



North East Largest Super Power India ever produced fearing to attack which, Alexander turned back to Europe.
British East India Kolkata North East Till Kolkata was the capital, the British expanded their territories, Power, wealth and control from Afghanistan in the west to Burma in the East, from Tibet in the North to Kanyakumari in the south.

While it is not easy to move the current capital from Delhi anytime soon, some suggestions are given here to reduce the impact of the Delhi curse:

  • A few crucial decision-making bodies of the government should be shifted to one of the northeastern cities.  
  • CCS (Cabinet Committee on Security affairs) should not sit in Delhi but sit in one of the cities of North East mentioned above. India will start taking correct decisions with regard to strategic affairs including on Pakistan, China, Nepal, Srilanka, USA, Gulf and other crucial aspects.
  • CCE (Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs) should move permanently to say Guwahati under the Act East policy of the government.
  • A few crucial policy-making bodies have to be moved out of Delhi like ICHR, ICCR, Sahitya Academy, ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) etc to any other cities in India.

Before the Delhi curse consumes our Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and before our great mandate for support of Dharmic forces fizzles out we have to recognise this negative force of Delhi curse and use the wisdom of our Rishis and Gurus who recognised the strength of ‘Eeshanya’ (North East).

1. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PGurus.

Giridhar Mamidi is a Hyderabad-based Indologist and is currently State Vice President at Pragna Bharati Telangana, a nationalist think-tank and he also serves as an advisor with other like-minded organizations. He is a well known TV panelist debating onsocio-political, economic, national and geostrategic affairs. He has been conducting continuous daily webinars on various national and international issues, especially related to history, culture and foreign policy, with eminent scholars and experts drawn from all over the world on Pragna Bharati platform, since two months, during the ongoing Covid lockdown phase.

He has visited 30+ sites associated with the Mahabharata and Vedic period, especially Harappan sites in India. Of special interest is traveling along the course of the extinct River Saraswati. Understanding and rediscovering the forgotten Hindu past of Kashmir has been an abiding interest and he has extensively visited kashmir including militancy affected areas.

Giridhar Mamidi is a trained Chartered Accountant with an additional degree in Law. In his long career, he has worked as CFO in Punj Lloyd Saudi Arabia, Unibeton Ready-mix UAE, as group head at ERP Al Faraa group and in DLF Offices and IT Parks Delhi. Prior to that, he has worked as Finance Head in Google India and ADP India.
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  1. Savarkar suggested Ujjan – Mahadev resides
    Pataliputra – Will be an echo

    Or Ujjai – Adminstraive Capital
    Pataliputra – Economic

  2. My suggestions are1)the proposed new parliament blog should be NE of present one2) during Bhoomi pooja conduct do Vastu prasnam& along with usual stone fixing (erecting) put a slab with inscription of ‘Santi mantra’ of Rigveda and verses from Bible & Quoran with vedic mantra recitation by vedic scholors for prosperity& peacein presence of Head of State PM & dignitaries…….

  3. One suggestion to mitigate the curse is to conduct Hindu Vedic yajgna at Delhi itself by holy scholors Invite Modijji during its conclustion2) Build proposed new parliament building at NE of present HQ for imp.decision making 3) Before the Ayodhya temple constructiion is initiated conduct a similar vedic consecration of Rama-Sita -Lakhman Hunuman smoothies for Nation’s security (sort of Yaga)

  4. It seems very reasonable. Of late PM Modi also was seen making wrong decisions especially in the matters of National security. Better at least to designate a second winter capital the cities in south like Nagpur or Hyderbad and operate from there for six months in a year.


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