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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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Srijata Roy rated it it was amazing Oct 10, 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 edk.

Rachel Furey rated it liked it Aug 24, She tells you how Kashi lives in rest of India and how all of India lives in Kashi. She citu the rites of its temples, the busy life of its riverfront, and the exuberance of its festivals. These trips gave me a sense of the city. 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 lighht 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.

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Deepak Kumar rated it it was amazing Mar 26, She takes you through the geography which she equates to a Mandala. Towards the end of the book, Citu Eck takes us through a year in Banaras through its various festivals and fasts.


Want to Read saving…. A highly recommended book to read on Varanasi. Some of it is good, when she discusses the various Shiva cults and so forth.

Banaras City of Light by Diana L Eck

Did you know Banaras comes from Baranasi — the Prakrit version Varanasi? It will enliven every step of your visit. Books by Diana L. Please enter your comment! Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In contemporary history it was attacked in the most brutal manner for more than a thousand years by muslim litht but miraculously still retains its original character.

She then banaraas 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. This is the acclaimed study and interpretation of Banaras, the holy place of the Hindus.

Jul 13, Chris Lemig rated it really liked it.

There are a few very interesting anecdotes that one finds between those familiar ones which make it worth a read. Nitant Pandey rated it really liked it Jan 25, I have made a couple of more trips since then to Kashi including one for Panch Kroshi Yatra.

The Shiva Lingas of Kdshi. Every other pilgrim site of India has its own space in Kashi. If you wan tto know about The city, there is no other scripture you would banatas.

Today, Eck is a professor of comparative religion and Indian studies at Harvard. Pooja rated it really liked it Feb 08, One of the ideas I was very taken with in the books was that of India’s ‘sacred geography’.


Banaras: City of Light by Diana L. Eck

City of Light by Diana Citt. Must read for people visting banares, gives you new things to add to your adventure. Please enter your name here. It is a year-long celebration where at the end of the year we just come back to the beginning — for the next cycle.

Oct 05, Deepak Singhanwal rated it it was amazing. She has understood the very pulse of Benaras and has penned it to minute details. Apr 18, Geoffrey Cobb rated it really liked it Shelves: Sep 08, Cathy Douglas rated it it was ok Shelves: Excellent research and an objective reportage. I learned much, much about Hinduism via geographical, architectural and historical details about one of the spiritual centers. After reading this book, I have a deep yearning to visit Benaras in this lifetime and if I have get liberation there, nothing like it.

Brad rated it it was amazing Apr 19, Recommended to anyone traveling to Bararas the holy city of the Hindus in the near future. City of Light Diana L. There are no lighr topics on this book yet. Sep 04, Tarun Rattan rated it it was amazing.