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Ghats from the Raj to date

SEVERAL GHATS in Kanpur witnessed movements during the days of the British and in today?s scenario they are keeping history alive. Massacre Ghat was first known as Sati Chaura Ghat. The ghat is also known as ?Katl- e-Aam? and ?Nanarao ghat? to give respect to freedom fighters. During the time of the Independence struggle Nana Rao had a fierce battle with the British Army.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2006 00:54 IST
Hem Prabha

SEVERAL GHATS in Kanpur witnessed movements during the days of the British and in today’s scenario they are keeping history alive.

Massacre Ghat was first known as Sati Chaura Ghat. The ghat is also known as ‘Katl- e-Aam’ and ‘Nanarao ghat’ to give respect to freedom fighters.
During the time of the Independence struggle Nana Rao had a fierce battle with the British Army. Being in a serious state, the British Army surrendered and decided to move to Allahabad. On June 27, 1857 British’s people were permitted to go to Allahabad from Sati Chaura ghat under the supervision of Nana Saheb.
Annoyed by Col Neil’s atrocities, Nana Rao’s army got annoyed and they opposed movement of British force to Allahabad.

A bomb was exploded at the ghat and British army was attacked. Most of them were eliminated and the rest escaped. Because of the number of people who lost their life at the ghat, it was named Massacre ghat by the British.

Swami Sheetala Prasad Shukla Shastri of Massacre Ghat said he had been serving Massacre ghat for the last 60 years. The temple at the Massacre ghat is about 500 years old.

Parmat Ghat is known because during the British period permits were issued at this ghat.

The permits were for passage across the river. In those days, this ghat was known as Permit Ghat. However, the permit office was closed in 1833. The temple at Parmat is well known as Anandeswar Temple and is devoted to Lord Shiva. During the months of ‘Savan’ the temple is perfect to visit because the Abhishek ceremony is done by the priest every night.

Sarsayya ghat was first known as ‘sarsayye jungle’. The building situated on the ghat is more than 200 years old. The place was once a stable where Britishers kept their horses. Guru Teg Bahadur had also come to the ghat accompanied by his wife, mother of Guru Gobind Singh.

Baba Bal Kishan Tiwari, Tirath purohit said that for the last 80 years he has seen life at this ghat. Recalling times of the British period, Tiwari said the place echoed with sounds of hunters and neighing of horses. He further said the ghat was made by Lala Chunga Mal and his brother.

First Published: Apr 24, 2006 00:54 IST