Banaras has ratings and 19 reviews. Kecia said: Passport – checkIndian visa – checkVaccinations – checkAirline ticket – checkand now I KNOW wher. Diana L. Eck. This is the acclaimed study and interpretation of Banaras, the holy place of the Hindus. “In BANARAS, Diana Eck has written a notable book about this greatest of Indian pilgrimage sites Her brilliant, comprehensive book seems likely to.

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She was reading this book, and we used it as a reference to locate some of the ancient temples in the lesser known areas of the city.

Rachna Kamath rated it did not like it Aug 14, In this eloquent, finely observed study, Diana Eck shows how the city over the centuries has become a lens through which the Hindu vision of the world is precisely focused. Later on, her discourse is completely soaked in Indian ethos for Kashi.

Banaras City of Light by Diana L Eck

Thanks for sharing the article. Apr 18, Geoffrey Cobb rated it oof liked it Shelves: Did you know Banaras comes from Baranasi ckty the Prakrit version Varanasi? You have entered an incorrect email address! She describes the rites of its temples, the busy life of its riverfront, and the exuberance of its festivals. Refresh and try again. Sep 04, Tarun Rattan rated it it was amazing.


She then takes you through the various aspects of the city, its mention in various Indian scriptures especially Kashi Khand of Skand Puran and Kashi Mahatmaya. It also traces the Buddhism and Jainism along with other unconventional paths of Hinduism like Aghora. Since then I have been wanting to read this book.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Paperbackpages. Jim Jenkins rated it it was amazing May 25, This book is an achievement and is a scholarly journal covering the history of the most important city on the face of earth. May 07, Kecia rated it really liked it Shelves: You wonder where the so-called Anand Van is?

What is banarqs is that from banadas point of view of history, she takes you to the original site of Kashi that lies north of the current city of Varanasi. Return to Book Page.

But when you read it in one go, you realize that we live from festival to festival. And She brings alive many temples that no longer exist but has been described in various traveler accounts.

Pooja rated it really liked it Feb 08, You want to see the original temples at Jnan Vyapi and Panchganga Ghat.

I learned so much about our own myths as they are mentioned in the Puranas or the Mahatmayas. In contemporary history it was attacked in the most brutal manner for more than a thousand years by muslim hordes but miraculously still retains its original character.

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I knew a bit about the popular places of Varanasi but I came to know a lot more. A highly recommended book to read on Varanasi. Banaras – explained through mythological, theological, geographical and in a common sense way. An in deep and research backed with facts book. She beautifully brings out the yearning for Kashi that Shiva has and now all his devotees have. The author has done a phenomenal job of researching and understanding and learning about India, Hindu culture, citty, philosophy, rituals, practices and so on.

Banaras: City of Light

Oh, I’m so witty! Banaras’s beliefs and mythic concepts are a great place to start learning about what constitu Scholarly retelling of the oral histories and traditions that make Banaras, or Varanasi what it is today.

Jul 21, Lowell Brower rated it really liked it Shelves: It is eternal, ever intact and is virtually indestructible. In fact, we ended up finding a mistake also in the book. So, I knew her research would be impeccable. You look for books on Kashi and banaas book comes on top. I would rate this book 6 on a scale of