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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Adi Keshava ancient Annapurna ascetic ashvamedha auspicious Avimukta Avimukteshvara Banaras bathing Bhairava Bindu Bindu Madhava Brahma brahmin Buddha Buddhist called century B.C. City of Light city's cremation ground Dandapani darshana Dashashvamedha death deities Devf Devi dharma divine Divodasa Durga dwell earth famous festival Forest of Bliss ganas Ganesha Ganga goddess gods Gupta heaven Himalayas holy honored Jataka Kala Bhairava Kali Kashf Kashi Khanda Kashl Kedara King Krishna Kund lanes liberation linga of light located Lolarka Lord Shiva mahatmyas Manikarnika Matsya MatsyodarI moksha mosque Muslim myth nagas Nikumbha North India Omkara Panchaganga Ghat PanchakroshI Parvati pilgrimage pilgrims pishacha popular Prayaga Purana Rama religious rites ritual riverfront sacred city sage Sankata sannyasins Sanskrit season Shakti ShItala Shiva linga shrine sins Skanda story symbol tirthas Trilochana Varana VaranasI Vedas Vinayaka Vishnu Vishvanatha Temple Vishveshvara vrata waters waxing fortnight worship yakshas yogis