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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Scholarly retelling of the oral histories and traditions that make Banaras, or Varanasi what it is today. In contemporary history it was attacked in the most brutal manner for more than a ddiana years by muslim hordes but miraculously still retains its original character. But when you read it in one go, you realize that we live from festival to festival.
One of the ideas I was very taken with in the books was that of India’s ‘sacred geography’. She presented the geography of Banwras as I had never seen it. Eck Limited preview – You wonder where the so-called Anand Van is?
Banaras City of Light by Diana L Eck
You want to see the original temples at Jnan Vyapi and Panchganga Ghat. You see the city in its geometry. Is that not what we have always said — when we say it is the city of light. This is a great book and after reading it I had a better grasp of Hinduism. Elias rated it really liked it Jun 23, Nina rated it it was amazing Jan 18, If you wan cty know about The city, there is no other scripture you would need.
Banaras: City of Light by Diana L. Eck
City of Light Diana L. She has understood the very pulse of Benaras and has penned it to minute details. Banaras becomes the microcosm of India. It’s wonderful to note the depth the author has gone about Kashi It is not light reading though.
This strikes me as a very important concept in understanding the idea of India and that of its borders, natural or man-made. 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. Eck No preview available – In all, I quite enjoyed what is definitely a very erudite and impassioned study of one of the world’s greatest cities.
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.
The author has done a phenomenal job of researching and understanding and learning about India, Hindu culture, mythology, philosophy, rituals, practices and so on. Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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.
It is a year-long celebration where at the end of the year we just come back to the beginning — for the next cycle. Every other pilgrim site of India has its own space in Kashi. To ask other readers questions about Banarasplease sign up.
Banaras City of Light by Diana L Eck – Anu Reviews
In fact, we ended up finding a mistake also in the book. Recommended to anyone traveling to Bararas the holy city of the Hindus in the near future.
Not your standard bathroom reader to be sure. There’s nothing wrong with this book, it’s just boring. But a lot of it is details: Baharas rated it really libht it Feb 08, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Later on, her discourse is completely soaked in Indian ethos for Kashi.
Some of it is good, when she discusses the various Shiva cults and so forth. In her account of the sacred history, geography, and art banafas 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 dian the meaning of this sacred city to the millions of believers who have been coming here for over 2, years.
Dec 16, H rated it it was amazing. Oct citt, Deepak Singhanwal rated it it was amazing. These trips gave me a sense of the city.
Nitant Pandey rated it really liked it Jan 25, She talks about the story of Ganga as it is an inherent part of Banaras — City of Light. I was there last month on a sudden visit that I couldn’t plan properly, and therefore vanaras read up on enough. Lists with This Book. Return to Book Page. Preview — Banaras by Diana L. I have spent a year in Kashi as a kid but there are lught faint memories that I have of those times.
As Indians, we know most of these. However, for people who are going to make the trip, and who, like me, are city-bred Hindus and are ignorant of much of what makes up the religion they follow, this is a much needed book.
Definitely a great and insightful introduction to the city. India has a huge heritage history. Thanks for sharing the article.