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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Oct 05, Deepak Singhanwal rated it it was amazing. If you’re heading to Varanasi, read this first. Wherever that place is, it is the place where one is able to see into the true nature of things.

Is that not what we have always said — when we say it is the city of light. Please enter your comment!

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Some mythological stories might seem familiar for some, especially for Indians who have been hearing the tales of the Hindu gods and goddesses since childhood. I didnt know so much abt Kashi being a Hindu and an Indian. A highly recommended book to read on Varanasi.

She describes the rites of its temples, the busy life of its riverfront, and the exuberance of its festivals. She compares notes from the Puranas with the observations of various travelers. She beautifully brings out the yearning for Kashi that Shiva has and now all his devotees have. The Panch Kroshi Yatra that I did makes far more sense now. It is the place where Shiva, the Lord of All, is said to have made his permanent home since the dawn of creation.

Banaras’s beliefs and mythic kight are a great place to start learning about what constitutes ‘Hinduism’, what makes it such an all-encompassing and uniquely liberal and receptive religion. Nov 26, Suruchi Sharma rated it liked it.


Nitant Pandey rated it really liked it Jan 25, An in deep and research backed with facts book.

Banaras: City of Light by Diana L. Eck

It is eternal, ever intact and is virtually indestructible. 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.

It is a year-long celebration banarad at the end of the year we just come back to the beginning — for the next cycle. Detailed Review – https: Deepak Kumar rated it it was amazing Mar 26, Jul 21, Lowell Brower rated it really liked it Shelves: My first rendezvous with this book oight in December when my friend Hema and me spent a week in Varanasi. It’s wonderful to note the depth the author has gone about Kashi She reveals the spiritual and historical resonance of this holy place where great sages such as the Buddha and Shankara were taught, where ashrams, palaces, and universities were built, where God has been imagined and imagined in a thousand ways.

Every other pilgrim site of India has its own space in Kashi. I knew a bit about the popular places of Varanasi but I came to know a lot more.

One of the most enlightening books I have read this year. Open Preview See a Problem?

Banaras: City of Light

Well, you have to be there to see how death is just another event in the life of Banaras, unlike other cities where it invokes sadness and detachment.

Oct 08, Usha rated it it was amazing. Please enter your name here. Ringo Thomas rated it really liked it Jun 02, Save my name, email, and website in this browser for loght next time I comment.


Hindus believe that Banaras has always been there since eternity and will survive the end by rising again from ashes ,ight the universe.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. You look for books on Kashi and this book comes on top. You see the city in its geometry.

Banaras City of Light by Diana L Eck

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Definitely a great and insightful introduction to the city. There’s nothing wrong with this book, it’s just boring. Apr 18, Geoffrey Cobb rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 citj.

This strikes me as a very important concept in understanding the idea of India and that of its borders, natural or man-made. She is also the director of the Pluralism Cjty at Harvard. 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.

And She brings alive many temples that no longer exist but has been described in various traveler accounts. Refresh and try again. It also traces the Buddhism and Jainism along with other unconventional paths of Hinduism like Aghora. Rather dry but incredibly detailed, and presumably well re-searched, this provided me with more information about Banares than I could ever want, or need, to know.