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

Title : Banaras: City of Light
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ISBN : 9780231114479
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 448 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Banaras: City of Light Reviews

  • Sairam Krishnan
    2019-06-05 09:34

    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 of what makes up the religion they follow, this is a much needed book. 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.

  • Kecia
    2019-05-26 03:44

    Passport - checkIndian visa - checkVaccinations - checkAirline ticket - checkand now I KNOW where I am going:"Kashi may be located on the plains of North India, on the banks of the Ganges, on the tip of Shiva ' s trident, or where the nose and the eyebrows meet. Wherever that place is, it is the place where one is able to see into the true nature of things. 'In Kashi,' it is said, 'one sees one's own soul.'"Namaste ya'll

  • Usha
    2019-06-13 03:26

    I would rate this book 6 on a scale of 1-5. The author has done a phenomenal job of researching and understanding and learning about India, Hindu culture, mythology, philosophy, rituals, practices and so on. 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. Om Namah Shivaya !

  • Anuradha Goyal
    2019-06-25 08:50

    Detailed Review -

  • Siddhartha Das
    2019-06-05 08:46

    Banaras - explained through mythological, theological, geographical and in a common sense way

  • Tarun Rattan
    2019-05-25 04:42

    Banaras is where civilisation began and this book traces those first steps of mankind in a masterly way. 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 setup this first city known by myriad set of names like Varanasi, Banaras, Kashi and so many others. Hindus believe that Banaras will survive the end and will rise again from ashes of the universe 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.

  • Dhali
    2019-06-03 03:31

    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 know. 2 stars because it would be an excellent resource but far too involved for someone like me who was looking for a travel book in a more general sense.

  • Chris Lemig
    2019-05-29 08:32

    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) in the near future. (Oh, I'm so witty!).

  • Cathy Douglas
    2019-06-02 07:33

    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. But a lot of it is details: town geography, details of who-worshiped-whom-when, and other things that weren't that interesting for a non-Hindu general reader.

  • Geoffrey Cobb
    2019-06-18 02:52

    This is a great book and after reading it I had a better grasp of Hinduism. It is not light reading though.

  • Kandyce
    2019-06-08 05:41

    fairly well written, but easy to get caught up in the sanskrit terms and various names of deities... i couldn't finish it.

  • Zachary Krug
    2019-06-12 02:36

    nice introduction to banaras; good balance of mysticism tempered by solid historical research

  • Mary
    2019-06-10 03:31

    I learned much, much about Hinduism via geographical, architectural and historical details about one of the spiritual centers.

  • Lowell Brower
    2019-05-26 05:31

    If you're heading to Varanasi, read this first. It will enliven every step of your visit.