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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Preview — Banaras by Diana L. City of Light by Diana L. This is the acclaimed study and interpretation of Banaras, the holy place of the Hindus. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Banarasplease sign up. Lists with This Book. May 07, Kecia ljght it really liked it Shelves: Wherever that place is, it is the place where xiana is able to see into the true nature of things. Scholarly retelling of the oral histories and traditions that make Banaras, or Varanasi what it is today.

I was there last month on a sudden visit that I couldn’t plan properly, and therefore couldn’t read up on enough. However, for people who are going to make the trip, and who, like me, are city-bred Hindus and are ignorant of much diaan what makes up the religion they follow, this is a much needed book.

Banaras: City of Light by Diana L. Eck

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. 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.

One of the ideas I was very taken with in the books was that of India’s ‘sacred geography’. This strikes me as a very important concept in understanding the idea of India and that of its borders, natural or man-made. In all, I quite enjoyed what is definitely a very erudite and impassioned study of one of the world’s greatest cities.

Oct 08, Usha rated it it was amazing. I would rate this book 6 on a scale of The author has done a phenomenal job of researching and understanding and learning about India, Hindu culture, mythology, philosophy, rituals, practices and so on.

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She has understood the very pulse of Benaras and has penned it to minute details. 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.

Apr 18, Geoffrey Cobb rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a great book and after reading it I had a better grasp of Hinduism. It is not light reading though.

Jul 21, Lowell Brower rated it really liked it Shelves: If you’re heading to Varanasi, read this first. It will enliven every step of your visit. Dec 16, H rated it it was amazing. One of the most enlightening books I have read this year. It’s wonderful to note the depth the author has gone about Kashi I didnt know so much abt Kashi being a Hindu and an Indian.

And This is the longest I have have spent to read a book nearly 2 years Sep 04, Tarun Rattan rated it it was amazing. Banaras is where civilisation began and this book traces those first steps of mankind in a masterly account.

This book is an achievement and is a scholarly journal covering the history of the most important city on the face of earth. Humans might have originated in Africa but they only got civilised when they first reached the shores of Ganges and populated this first city known by myriad set of names like Varanasi, Banaras, Kashi and so many others. Hindus believe that Banaras has always been t Banaras is where civilisation began and this book traces those first steps of mankind in a masterly account.

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

Banaras City of Light by Diana L Eck

It is lf, 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.

Diana Elk has given the world a real treasure and to really understand human history everybody should educate themselves with the heritage that Banaras represents. Jul 13, Chris Lemig rated it really liked it. Not your standard bathroom reader to be sure. Dense, scholarly but suprisingly readable.

Recommended to anyone traveling to Bararas the holy city of the Hindus ekc the near future. Oh, I’m so witty! An in deep and research backed with facts book.

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Must read for people visting banares, dlana you new things to add to your adventure. The writer deals with some subjects with such compassion you would find find those places and experience them.

Detailed Review – https: Oct 05, Deepak Singhanwal rated it it was amazing. The book I was was looking for and loved. If you wan tto know about The city, there is no other scripture you would need.

Banaras – explained through mythological, theological, geographical and in a common sense way. Apr 28, Mary rated it really liked it.

Banaras: City of Light

I learned much, much about Hinduism via geographical, architectural and historical details about one of the spiritual centers. Nov 26, Suruchi Sharma rated it liked it. Definitely a great and insightful introduction to the city. Some mythological stories might seem familiar for some, especially for Indians who have been hearing the tales of diiana Hindu gods and goddesses since childhood. There are a few very interesting anecdotes that one finds between those familiar ones which make it worth a read.

Excellent research and an objective reportage. Rather dry but incredibly detailed, and presumably well re-searched, this provided me with more information about Banares than I could ,ight want, or need, to know.

Sep 08, Cathy Douglas rated it it was ok Shelves: There’s nothing wrong with this book, it’s just boring. Some of it is good, when she discusses the various Shiva cults and so forth.

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