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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Ringo Thomas rated it really liked it Jun 02, 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. In all, I quite enjoyed what is definitely a very erudite and impassioned study of one of the world’s greatest cities.

Banaras City of Light by Diana L Eck

I realized that efk I have done a few parikramas in Kashi. I assume the book was somewhere written for the western audience in mind. This is a great book and after reading it I had a better grasp of Hinduism.

City of Light Diana L. Not your standard bathroom reader to be sure.

The Panch Kroshi Yatra that I did makes far banafas sense now. You wonder where all those lakes are and you wonder if the Manikarnika Kund was as small with so many legends attached to it. 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.

Detailed Review – https: Banaras – explained through mythological, ecck, geographical and in a common sense way.

Banaras City of Light by Diana L Eck – Anu Reviews

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. Refresh and try again. Rachna Kamath rated it did not like it Aug 14, Jul 13, Chris Lemig rated it really liked it.


It is a year-long celebration where at the end of the year we just come back to the beginning — for the next cycle. This strikes me as a very important concept in understanding the idea of India and that of its borders, natural or man-made.

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.

Banaras: City of Light

I didnt know so much abt Kashi being a Hindu and an Indian. In Banaras — the city of light, Prof Eck looks at dinaa ancient city from various angles. Oct 08, Usha rated it it was amazing. She has understood the very pulse of Benaras and has penned it to minute details.

My first rendezvous with this book was in December when my friend Hema and me spent a week in Varanasi. However, for people who are going to make the trip, and who, like me, are city-bred Hindus and are ignorant of much ekc what makes up the religion they follow, this is a much needed book.

If you’re heading to Varanasi, read this first. Every other pilgrim site of India has its own space in Kashi. One of the ideas I was very taken ekc in the books was that of India’s ‘sacred geography’. Well, you have to be there to see how death is just another event efk the life of Banaras, unlike other cities where it invokes sadness and detachment.

Eck Limited preview – These trips gave me a sense of the city. It is the place where Shiva, the Lord of All, is said to have made his permanent home since the dawn of creation.


I learned so much about our own myths as they are mentioned banaeas the Puranas or the Mahatmayas. Towards the end of the book, Prof Eck takes us through a year in Banaras through its various festivals and fasts. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time Ek comment. She beautifully brings out the yearning for Kashi that Shiva has and now all his devotees have. Later on, her discourse is completely soaked in Indian ethos for Kashi.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Banaras is the place of God. You see the city in its geometry. I spoke to many people in Varanasi about books on the city and everyone pointed me to this book. Thanks for sharing the article.

Excellent research and an objective reportage. Deepak Kumar rated it it was amazing Mar 26, Hindus believe that Banaras has always been there since eternity and will survive the end by rising again from ashes of the universe. Elias rated it really liked it Jun 23, Thanks for telling us about the problem. However, it is just in the beginning that Prof Eck compares Kashi to other ancient cities of the world. Dianq is eternal, ever intact and is virtually indestructible.

Shambuka Rama Three tales retold by Mukunda Rao.