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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Srijata Roy rated it it was amazing Oct 10, To ask other readers questions about Banarasplease sign up. However, it is just in the beginning that Prof Eck compares Kashi to other ancient cities of the world.

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. She beautifully brings out the yearning for Kashi that Shiva has and now all his devotees have. Jul 13, Chris Lemig rated it really liked it. In Banaras — the city of light, Prof Eck looks at the ancient city from various angles.

Recommended to anyone traveling to Bararas the holy city of the Hindus in the near future. She compares notes from the Puranas with the observations of various travelers.


Today, Eck is a professor of comparative religion and Indian studies at Harvard. She presented the geography of India as I had never seen it.

She takes you through the geography which she equates to a Mandala. Lists with This Book. Paperbackpages. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Oct 05, Deepak Singhanwal rated it it was amazing. To see what your friends thought of this book, cuty sign up. Eck Limited preview – Ultimate Grandmother Hacks by Kavita Devgan.

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I assume the book was somewhere written for the western audience in mind. Eck No preview available – In this eloquent, finely observed study, Diana Eck shows how the city over the centuries has become a lens through which the Hindu vision of the world is precisely focused. Apr 18, Geoffrey Cobb rated it really liked it Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Banaras becomes the microcosm of India. A highly recommended book to read on Varanasi.

You look for books on Kashi and this book comes on top. Sep 08, Cathy Douglas rated it it was ok Shelves: Rachna Kamath rated it did not like it Aug 14, But when you read it in one go, you realize that we live from festival to festival. She reveals the spiritual and historical resonance of this holy place where great sages such as the Buddha and Shankara were taught, where ashrams, palaces, and universities were built, where God has been imagined and imagined in a thousand ways.


Excellent research and an objective reportage. It is the place where Shiva, the Lord of All, is said to have made his permanent home since the dawn of creation. You wonder where all those lakes are and you wonder if the Manikarnika Kund was as small with so many legends attached to it.

Towards the end of the book, Prof Eck takes us through a year in Banaras through its various festivals and fasts. The Shiva Lingas of Kdshi.

Banaras City of Light by Diana L Eck

Wherever that place is, it is the place where one is able coty see into the true nature of things. It’s wonderful to note the depth the author has gone about Kashi My library Help Advanced Book Search. You want to see the original temples at Jnan Vyapi and Panchganga Ghat. Shambuka Rama Three tales retold by Mukunda Rao. City of Light Diana L.

An in deep and research backed with facts book. I was there last month on a sudden visit that I couldn’t plan properly, and therefore couldn’t read up on enough.