As per folklore, the story of Lucknow traces its origins to the times of Ramayan and expanding upon this rich cultural heritage, are the ghats of Gomti River, situated in Lucknow. Famous among locals for their architectural nuances and placid scenery, these ghats play myriad roles- ranging from cremation sites to backdrops for film shootings.
Hence, it is only appropriate that a list of these tranquil banks is created, for all those who feel like exploring the City of Nawabs in its entirety. So tag along with us as we catalogue 5 of the famous ghats of Lucknow, that you should know about and visit when the situation permits!
Popularly known to have been named after Baba Devraha, this ghat situated on the banks of River Gomti, gains special prominence during Kartik Poornima. It is believed by Hindu devotees that a sacred dip in any holy river on this day is auspicious, hence, Devraha Ghat registers a substantial crowd on Kartik Poornima,
Drawing in the Indian cinema industry to the state capital with its fountain facade and more, is Gulala Ghat, which has been developed as a movie-shooting location by the Municipal Corporation. Further, this ghat is lined by several temples, including that of Hindu deities- Lord Shiva and Lord Bhairav.
Known to be named after Rishi Kaundilya, the picturesque setting of this ghat has been featured in several films and web series, such as Gulaabo Sitabo, A Suitable Boy and Raid. A part of Lucknow's heritage, the reposeful location of Kudiya Ghat is where you should go for a leisurely evening stroll.
As the name rightly suggests, Visarjan Ghat used to be thronged by Hindu devotees for the immersion of idols, after related religious festivities. However, with rising environmental concerns, this practice has been curbed by the state government. Situated near LU, the LMC has built the Jhulelal Park here on the grounds of the ghat, which entertains local footfalls throughout the day.
Popularly known as Baikunth Dham, Pipra Ghat is regarded as the old cremation site of Lucknow and despite the emergence of new crematoriums, it hasn't lost its relevance. The folklore attached to this place, related to Yamraj (Hindu God of Death), has attached Pipra Ghat with the monicker of Bhaisa Kund.
Be it the smoky haze of funeral pyres or a couple getting their pre-wedding photoshoot set on the banks of River Gomti, every ghat offers a different aspect for visitors to explore. We hope that this pandemic dies down soon so that more people can visit these ghats of Lucknow and explore its folklore. However, until the pandemic recedes completely, wear your masks before stepping out!