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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Banaras City of Light by Diana L Eck – Anu Reviews

Banaras City of Light. I didnt know so much abt Kashi being a Hindu and an Indian. One of the ideas I was very taken with in the books was that of India’s ‘sacred geography’. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I dck.

Dkana compares notes from the Puranas with the observations of various travelers. Eck No preview available – Glad to read your article. Some of it is good, when she discusses the various Shiva cults and so forth.

Banaras City of Light by Diana L Eck

Nitant Pandey rated it really liked it Jan 25, Later on, her discourse is completely soaked in Indian ethos for Kashi. The writer fiana with some subjects with such compassion you would find find those places and experience them. It is not light reading though. Since then I have been wanting to read this book.

Is that not what we have always diaba — when we say it is the city of light. 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.


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I have made a couple of more trips since then to Kashi including one for Panch Kroshi Yatra. You wonder where the so-called Anand Van is?

Open Preview See a Problem? So, I knew her research would be impeccable. And She brings alive many temples that no longer exist but has been described in various traveler accounts.

Oct 08, Usha rated it it was amazing.

Banaras: City of Light

City of Light Diana L. Banaras is the place of God. If you’re heading to Varanasi, read this first. One of the most enlightening books I have read this year. Scholarly retelling of the oral histories and traditions that make Banaras, or Varanasi what it is today.

It was a joy to know. She presented the geography of India as I had never seen it. Banaras’s beliefs and mythic concepts are a great place to start learning about what constitutes ‘Hinduism’, what makes it such an all-encompassing and uniquely liberal and receptive religion. Pooja rated it really liked it Feb 08, I learned much, much about Hinduism via geographical, architectural and historical details about one of the spiritual centers. 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.

You have entered an incorrect email address! This book is an achievement and is a scholarly journal covering the history of the most important city on the face of earth.


She takes you through the geography which she equates to a Mandala. Oct 05, Deepak Singhanwal rated it it was amazing.

She beautifully brings out the yearning for Kashi that Shiva has and now all his devotees have. My first rendezvous with this book was in December when my friend Hema and me spent a week in Varanasi.

It is a year-long celebration where at the end of the year we just come back to the beginning — for the next cycle. What is interesting is that from the point of view of history, she takes you to the original site of Kashi that lies north of the current city of Varanasi.

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My library Help Advanced Book Search. I would rate this bnaaras 6 on a scale of However, it is just in the beginning that Prof Eck compares Kashi to other ancient cities of the world. She has understood the very pulse of Benaras and has penned it to minute details.

In fact, we ended up finding a mistake also in the book. In all, I quite enjoyed what is definitely a very erudite and impassioned study of one of the world’s greatest cities.