BANARAS CITY OF LIGHT DIANA ECK PDF

Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. The sacred city of Banaras on the River Ganges is one of the oldest living cities in the world as old as Jerusalem, Athens and Peking. It is the place where Shiva, the Lord of All, is said to have made his permanent home since the dawn of creation. There are few cities in India as traditionally Hindu and as symbolic of the whole of Hindu culture as Banaras.

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You look for books on Kashi and this book comes on top. I spoke to many people in Varanasi about books on the city and everyone pointed me to this book. My first rendezvous with this book was in December when my friend Hema and me spent a week in Varanasi. She was reading this book, and we used it as a reference to locate some of the ancient temples in the lesser known areas of the city.

In fact, we ended up finding a mistake also in the book. Since then I have been wanting to read this book. She presented the geography of India as I had never seen it. So, I knew her research would be impeccable. I have made a couple of more trips since then to Kashi including one for Panch Kroshi Yatra.

These trips gave me a sense of the city. I have spent a year in Kashi as a kid but there are only faint memories that I have of those times. In Banaras — the city of light, Prof Eck looks at the ancient city from various angles.

She takes you through the geography which she equates to a Mandala. You see the city in its geometry. 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. She compares notes from the Puranas with the observations of various travelers.

And She brings alive many temples that no longer exist but has been described in various traveler accounts. I learned so much about our own myths as they are mentioned in the Puranas or the Mahatmayas. I knew a bit about the popular places of Varanasi but I came to know a lot more. The Panch Kroshi Yatra that I did makes far more sense now. I realized that inadvertently I have done a few parikramas in Kashi. It was a joy to know.

Did you know Banaras comes from Baranasi — the Prakrit version Varanasi? I assume the book was somewhere written for the western audience in mind. However, it is just in the beginning that Prof Eck compares Kashi to other ancient cities of the world. Later on, her discourse is completely soaked in Indian ethos for Kashi.

She beautifully brings out the yearning for Kashi that Shiva has and now all his devotees have. She talks about the story of Ganga as it is an inherent part of Banaras — City of Light. 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. She tells you how Kashi lives in rest of India and how all of India lives in Kashi. Every other pilgrim site of India has its own space in Kashi.

Banaras becomes the microcosm of India. It also traces the Buddhism and Jainism along with other unconventional paths of Hinduism like Aghora. You wonder where the so-called Anand Van is? You wonder where all those lakes are and you wonder if the Manikarnika Kund was as small with so many legends attached to it. You want to see the original temples at Jnan Vyapi and Panchganga Ghat. Well, you have to be there to see how death is just another event in the life of Banaras, unlike other cities where it invokes sadness and detachment.

Is that not what we have always said — when we say it is the city of light. Towards the end of the book, Prof Eck takes us through a year in Banaras through its various festivals and fasts.

As Indians, we know most of these. But when you read it in one go, you realize that we live from festival to festival. It is a year-long celebration where at the end of the year we just come back to the beginning — for the next cycle.

A highly recommended book to read on Varanasi. Read it.

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It is the place where Shiva, the Lord of All, is said to have made his permanent home since the dawn of creation. In this eloquent, finely observed study, Diana Eck shows how the city over the centuries has become a lens through which the Hindu vision of the world is precisely focused. 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 describes the rites of its temples, the busy life of its riverfront, and the exuberance of its festivals. 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.

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After an unplanned and brief first visit to Banaras earlier this year, I realised that I really knew very little about the great city, even though I spent days browsing the internet before the visit. I obtained this book among several others on return, and have thus far read the majority of them carefully, making profuse notes. This review is the result of this near - simultaneous and I remember reading this book cursorily many years back, when a friend lent me a copy with high recommendations. This review is the result of this near - simultaneous and detailed reading of several well-researched and remarkable books.

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Apr 07, Prasad BSV rated it liked it I remember reading this book cursorily many years back, when a friend lent me a copy with high recommendations. After an unplanned and brief first visit to Banaras earlier this year, I realised that I really knew very little about the great city, even though I spent days browsing the internet before the visit. I obtained this book among several others on return, and have thus far read the majority of them carefully, making profuse notes. This review is the result of this near - simultaneous and I remember reading this book cursorily many years back, when a friend lent me a copy with high recommendations. This review is the result of this near - simultaneous and detailed reading of several well-researched and remarkable books. The first thing that strikes the reader is about the present book is the meticulous research that has gone in and the sincerity with it has been presented in the book.

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