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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I was there last month on a sudden visit that I couldn’t plan properly, and therefore couldn’t read up on enough.

Banaras: City of Light by Diana L. Eck

These trips gave me a sense of the city. I have spent a ciry in Kashi as a kid but there are only faint memories that I have of those times.

Rachel Furey rated it liked it Aug 24, Dense, scholarly but suprisingly readable. In her account of the sacred history, geography, and art of the city, its elaborate and thriving rituals, its myths and literature, and its importance to pilgrims and seekers, Diana Eck uses her wealth of scholarship to make the Hindu tradition come powerfully alive so that we come to understand the meaning of this sacred city to the millions of believers who have been coming here for over 2, years.


She beautifully brings out the yearning for Kashi that Shiva has and now all his devotees have. If you wan tto know about The city, there is no other scripture you would need. 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.

She tells you how Kashi lives in rest of India and how all of India lives in Kashi. 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. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Recommended to anyone traveling to Bararas the holy city of the Hindus in the near future.

Banaras: City of Light

I learned much, much about Hinduism via geographical, architectural and historical details about one of the spiritual centers. This book is an achievement and is a scholarly journal covering the history of the most important city on the face of earth.


It is a year-long celebration where at the end of the year we just come back to the beginning — for the next cycle.

Pooja rated it really liked it Feb 08, Is that not what we have always said — when dianx say it is the city of light. But when you read it in one go, you realize that we live from festival to festival.

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A highly recommended book to read on Varanasi. Dec 16, H rated it it was amazing. It is the place where Shiva, the Lord of All, is said to have made his permanent home since the dawn of creation.

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Thanks for sharing the article. You wonder where the so-called Anand Van is?

Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I spoke to many people in Varanasi about books on the city and everyone pointed me to this book.


Banaras City of Light by Diana L Eck

It will enliven every step of your visit. Every other pilgrim site of India has its own space in Kashi.

You have entered an incorrect email address! Later on, her discourse is completely soaked in Indian ethos for Kashi. And She brings alive many temples that no longer exist but has been described in various traveler accounts. Refresh and try again.

She compares notes from the Puranas with the observations of various travelers. The Panch Kroshi Yatra that I disna makes far more sense now. Shambuka Rama Three tales retold by Mukunda Rao.