Satti Chaura Ghat or Massacre GRT is a famous ghat in Kanpur city, the industrial hub of Uttar Pradesh in North India. It is located on the bank of River Ganges in Kanpur near Jajmau.
Satichaura or embankment of satis had been a place years ago some women had committed sati and in commemoration a small temple with stone steps along the bank to facilitate bathing, had been built.
The origins of the ghat date to pre-colonial times.
It was at this location that the initial momentous events of Indian Rebellion of 1857, named as Siege of Cawnpore in British colonial records, took place. The ghat was renamed as Massacre Ghat after the rebellion.
This Ghat has become historically important since the Indian Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. On June 27, 1857, Kanpur (then spelled as Cawnpore) saw one of the grimmest stories of Indian history of independence. Around 300 British men, women and children were slaughtered at the Satti Chaura Ghat, later gaining identification as Massacre Ghat. Those who escaped the brutal fate that day were later killed at the Bibighar Massacre. The rebellion was believed to be led by Nana Sahib of Peshwa from which the Ghat was renamed as Nana Rao Ghat.
- A Hindu temple built in 1966.
- It attracts a lot of visitors from Kanpur city during the monsoon months when the River Ganges threatens to breach the banks.
- There is a sand pit / dangal (अखाड़ा) for kushti of local wrestlers. An annual wrestling competition is held during the months of July/August.
- It is a favorite haunt of a large population of Indian rhesus monkeys.