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HERITAGE GHATS OF CALCUTTA – Chotulal Ghat

Chotulal Ghat Calcutta

The Chotulal Ghat, also known as Chotelal Ki Ghat, is situated next to Jagannath Ghat along the Hoogly River. It was named after Chhotelal Durga Prasad, an eminent lawyer at the Calcutta High Court, at that time.

There is a fascinating story behind the construction of this particular Ghat. People say that, Chotelal was childless and he was mentally suffering for that. One day in the morning he met a Fakir, a Muslim holy man, by the side of the river. The fakir blessed him, asked him to build a Ghat at that place and also said that, his longing for a child will be fulfilled. In due course, Chotelal really had a son and to keep his promise, he built the Ghat, as we see it now.

Chotulal Ghat Plaque
Chotulal Ghat Plaque 

Chotulal Ghat or Chotelal Ghat was constructed in a mixed style of Hindu and Islamic architecture. Unfortunately, the entrance of the Ghat is now blocked from the view by the stalls of the flower market.

There is a white marble plaque embedded high up on the wall, which states that, it was dedicated by a few Englishwomwn to the memory of those pilgrims, mostly women, who   perished with the Sir John Lawrence in the cylone of 25th May, 1887.

There is a wrestling ring (akhra) next to the Ghat, which is supposed to be one of the most famous of its kind in Calcutta.

Chotulal Ghat - Statue of Guruji
Chotulal Ghat – Statue of Guruji
Chotulal Ghat - The Jetty
Chotulal Ghat – The Jetty
Howrah Bridge from Chotulal Ghat
Howrah Bridge from Chotulal Ghat
Howrah Station from Chotulal Ghat
Howrah Station from Chotulal Ghat
Dibyendu Banerjee
Dibyendu Banerjee
Ex student of Scottish Church College. Served a Nationalised Bank for nearly 35 years. Authored novels in Bengali. Translated into Bengali novels/short stories of Leo Tolstoy, Eric Maria Remarque, D.H.Lawrence, Harold Robbins, Guy de Maupassant, Somerset Maugham and others. Also compiled collections of short stories from Africa and Third World. Interested in literature, history, music, sports and international films.

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