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BANARAS IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
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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's cremation ground Dandapani darshana Dashashvamedha death deities dharma divine Divodasa Durga dwell earth famous festival Forest of Bliss ganas Ganesha Ganga goddess gods Gupta heaven Himalayas holy honored Jataka Jnana Vapi Kala Bhairava Kali Kashi Khanda Kedara King known Krishna Kund lanes liberation linga of light located Lolarka Lord Shiva Mahabharata mahatmyas Manikarnika Matsyodari moksha month mosque Muslim myth nagas Nikumbha North India Omkara Panchaganga Ghat Panchatirthi Parvati pilgrimage pilgrims pishacha popular Prayaga Purana Rama religious rites ritual riverfront sacred city sage sanctum Sankata sannyasins Sanskrit season Shakti Shitala Shiva linga shrine sins Skanda story tirthas Trilochana Tulsi Vaishnava Varana Varanasi Vedas Vinayaka Vishnu Vishvanatha Temple Vishveshvara vrata waters waxing fortnight worship yakshas yoginis yogis