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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Today, Eck is a professor of comparative religion and Indian studies at Harvard. Srijata Roy rated it it was amazing Oct 10, Apr 18, Geoffrey Cobb rated it really liked it Shelves: This strikes me as a very important concept in understanding the idea of India and that of its borders, natural or man-made.
There are few cities in India as traditionally Hindu And This is the longest I have have spent to read a book nearly 2 years Banaras is the place of God.
Every other pilgrim site of India has its own space in Kashi.
Banaras: City of Light
ligth Banaras is where civilisation began and this book traces those first steps of mankind in a masterly account. It is a year-long celebration where at the end of the year we just come back to the beginning — for the next cycle.
Later on, her discourse is completely soaked in Indian ethos for Kashi.
I knew a bit about the popular places of Varanasi but I came to know a lot more. 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.
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In her account of the sacred history, geography, and art of the city, its elaborate and thriving rituals, its myths and literature, and its importance to pilgrims and seekers, Diana Eck uses her wealth of scholarship to make the Hindu tradition come powerfully alive so that we come to understand the meaning of this sacred city to the millions of believers who have been coming here for over 2, years. Please enter your comment! She presented the geography of India as I had never seen it.
Hindus believe that Banaras has always been there since eternity and will survive the end by rising again from ashes of the universe. But when you read it in one go, you realize that we live from festival to festival.
Banaras City of Light by Diana L Eck
She earned a B. Open Preview See a Problem? I didnt know so much abt Kashi being a Hindu and an Indian. You see the city in its geometry. Since then I have been wanting to read this book. One of the ideas I was very taken with in the books was that of India’s ‘sacred geography’. Jim Jenkins rated it it was amazing May 25, There are a few very interesting anecdotes that one finds between bznaras familiar ones which make it worth a read.
I assume the book efk somewhere written for the western audience in mind. Account Options Sign in.
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Oct 05, Deepak Singhanwal rated it it was amazing. I learned so much about our own myths as they are mentioned in the Puranas or the Mahatmayas.
If you’re heading to Varanasi, read this first. It is the place where Shiva, the Lord of All, is said to have made his permanent home since the dawn of creation. Jul 21, Lowell Diqna rated it really liked it Shelves: Brad rated it it was amazing Apr 19, What is interesting is that from the point of view of history, she takes you to the original site of Kashi that lies north of the current city of Varanasi.
It is eternal, ever intact and is virtually indestructible. Rachel Furey rated it liked it Aug 24, 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. She tells you how Kashi lives in rest of India and how all of India banarws in Kashi.
In Disna — the city of light, Prof Eck looks at the ancient city from various angles. Ultimate Grandmother Hacks by Kavita Devgan. The author has done a phenomenal job of researching and understanding and learning about India, Hindu culture, mythology, philosophy, rituals, practices and so on. Rachna Kamath rated it did not like it Aug 14,