ghat

noun
\ ˈgȯt How to pronounce ghat (audio) , ˈgät How to pronounce ghat (audio) \

Definition of ghat

: a broad flight of steps that is situated on an Indian riverbank and that provides access to the water especially for bathing

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In the context of an emerging forest-vs-agriculture narrative in the western ghats, some forestry researchers feel strongly the need to remind people that coffee plantations may not be the problem. Nandita Jayaraj, Quartz India, "The coffee plantations of India’s western ghats are being wrongly blamed for climate change," 4 Sep. 2019 Maike’s research was focused on the coffee plantations of Kodagu, commonly known as Coorg, situated on the western ghats in Karnataka. Nandita Jayaraj, Quartz India, "The coffee plantations of India’s western ghats are being wrongly blamed for climate change," 4 Sep. 2019 There is a scope for increasing tigers in the eastern ghats landscape including Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Mayank Aggarwal, Quartz India, "Can the uptick in India’s tiger population continue while their habitats shrink?," 2 Aug. 2019 Some 30,000 people a year are cremated at the ghats. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "One of India's holiest cities is being reborn. Not everyone is happy," 21 Mar. 2019 In Varanasi, one of the country's seven sacred cities, locals interact with the river via ghats—stepped platforms leading down into the water—and use them as sites for multiple ceremonies. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Beautiful Sacred Sites Around the World," 29 Mar. 2018 In addition to the ghats, temples to numerous gods dot the city streets – the Golden Temple, the Durgha Temple, the Nepalese Temple and others. Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016 In Varanasi, a private boat tour on the Ganges River views ghats (stairways) where cremations are being held and local residents bathing in the sacred waters. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "Finding religion in India, tracing the steps of Portuguese explorers and more," 26 Apr. 2018 Lining the river are numerous burning and bathing ghats. Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of ghat

1783, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ghat

Hindi & Urdu ghāṭ, from Sanskrit ghaṭṭa

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