With reference to the economic history of medieval India, the term ‘Araghatta’ refers to
[UPSC Civil Services Exam – 2016 Prelims]
(a) bonded labour
(b) land grants made to military officers
(c) waterwheel used in the irrigation of land
(d) wasteland converted to cultivated land
- The Araghatta, a mechanical device used for lifting water from open wells in medieval India, is powered by draught animals such as bullocks, buffaloes, or camels.
- Its name originates from the combination of two words, “ara,” which means “spoke,” and “ghatta,” which means “pot.”
Therefore, Option (c) is the correct answer.