The Varanasi Heritage Dossier/Phuta and Nepali Ghats
25º 18.578’ North and 83º 00.671’ East (Phuta Ghat, upper part).
Exact location on a map
Phuta and Nepali Ghats
Phuta/ Naya Ghat was an old site of Yajneshvara Ghat and built pucca by Svami Maheshvarananda in the mid 19th century. In the nearby stream of the Ganga the location of Vishal Gaja Tirtha is eulogised. -- Nepali Ghat represents the southern part of the Lalita Ghat, which was made pucca in 1902 by Nanhi Babu, under the patronage of the king of Nepal.
Present state of conservation
Except by the temple and shrine trusts directly taking care of its properties, there are no specific action plans, programmes and strategies for conservation and preservation of the ghats. The trusts maintain their properties according to their own perspectives without specific plans.
Specific measures being taken for conserving the specific property
It is expected that by the support of active people participation, awareness to save the age-old rich heritage, and development under the Master Plan (and its judiciary control) the ghat heritage will be protected and conserved for the better befit to the society.
The temple and shrine related properties along the ghat are owned by the respective trusts; the houses and other properties by the inhabitants; and the ghat area is owned by the Municipal Corporation.