Banaras, City of Light
Columbia University Press, 1999 - 427 pages
"In BANARAS, Diana Eck . . . has written a notable book about this greatest of Indian pilgrimage sites. . . . Her brilliant, comprehensive book seems likely to remain for a long time the definitive work on this great Indian city".--WASHINGTON POST. 61 photos. 7 maps.
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According ancient Annapurna appeared Banaras bathing became become beginning Bhairava body Brahma brahmin called century course cremation darshana death deities described destroyed Devi dharma directions divine Durga dwell earth entire especially established example famous festival Finally five followed Forest fortnight four Ganesha Ganges Ghat goddess gods ground heaven Hindu holy honored important India Kala Kashf Kashi Khanda Kashl Kedara King known Krishna Kund lanes leave liberation light linga live located Lord mahatmyas Manikarnika means month myth night North offerings period pilgrimage pilgrims popular present Puranas Rama religious rites ritual river Road sacred sacred city Sanskrit season seen Shiva shrines sins sometimes stands stone story symbol temple thousand tirthas tradition universe Varanasl Vishnu Vishvanatha Vishveshvara visited waters whole worship yakshas