India has always been referred to as the cultural capital of the world. There are some sites which have been recognized as World Heritage Sites, whereas there are some which are not. The Satti Chaura Ghat in Kanpur is one that is not remembered as something of a peaceful site. It is not a site of war, but a site of gruesome massacre. While some criticize the acts of the British in the Jallianwala Bagh massacres, Satti Chaura is remembered as the place where Indians resorted to shameful and inhumane deeds.
Satti Chaura Ghat is known for its historic significance. It is said that Satti Chaura Ghat contributed a vast amount of turbulence to the Indian Mutiny of 1857. Satti Chaura Ghat is also referred as the Massacre Ghat. This is due to the contribution of this Ghat or River Bank Steps that the initial momentous events of Indian Rebellion of 1857, named as Siege of Cawnpore in British colonial records, took place. Here on June 27th 1857, over 300 men, women and children were massacred. This massacre was believed to be led by Nana Sahib of Peshwa, who had led the revolt against the Europeans and had started a full-fledged war. Those who were wounded and were taking shelter, were given a chance to “redeem” themselves by leaving Kanpur, and by accepting defeat. The Europeans accepted the proposal and boarded boats which would allow them to cross the river Ganges. As soon as everyone had boarded the ferryman ignited the roof of the boats, while the soldiers of the Indian side charged and slaughtered a majority of people. Only four men could cross the river and tell the tale, whereas as those who were wounded were transported to the “Bibighar” or the House of the Wives and later murdered by four Butcher’s who were hired for the massacre.
Importance in those early years
During the British rule and before, the Satti Chaura Ghat served as a gathering place for religious and educational meetings. It was and still is a good river canoe and ferry boarding point connecting it to Allahabad.
The other attractions in the vicinity of the Satti Chaura Ghat are the Hindu temple which was built...