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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She earned a B. Pooja rated it really liked it Bbanaras 08, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. She beautifully brings out the yearning for Kashi that Shiva has and now all his devotees have.

The writer deals with some subjects with such compassion you would find find those places and experience them. Eck Limited preview – Preview — Banaras by Diana L. It is not light reading though. You wonder where all those lakes are and you wonder if the Manikarnika Kund was as small with so many legends attached to it. It also traces the Buddhism and Jainism along with other unconventional paths of Hinduism like Aghora. Rachna Kamath rated it did not like it Aug 14, Jul 21, Lowell Brower rated it really liked it Shelves: If you’re heading to Varanasi, read this first.

She has understood the very pulse of Benaras and has penned it to minute details. I realized that inadvertently I have done a few parikramas in Kashi. Nov 26, Suruchi Sharma rated it liked it. No trivia or quizzes yet. Diana Elk has given the world a real treasure and to really understand human history everybody should educate themselves with the heritage that Banaras represents. Return to Book Page. Since then I have been wanting to read this book.


Some of it is good, when she discusses the various Shiva cults and so forth. She is also the director of the Pluralism Project at Harvard.

Banaras City of Light by Diana L Eck

I learned so much about our own myths as they are mentioned in the Puranas or the Mahatmayas. Banaras is where civilisation began and this book traces those first steps of mankind in a masterly account.

She takes idana through the geography which she equates to a Mandala.

Please enter your name here. She presented the geography of India as I had never seen it. These trips gave me a sense of the city. My first rendezvous with this book was in December when my friend Hema and me spent a week in Varanasi.

There are a few very interesting anecdotes that cityy finds between those familiar ones which make it worth a read. Wherever that place is, it is the place where one is able to see into the true nature of things.

Banaras: City of Light

You wonder where the so-called Anand Van is? This is the acclaimed study and interpretation of Banaras, ligt holy place of the Hindus. This book is an achievement and is a scholarly journal covering the history of the most important city on the face of earth.

Nitant Pandey rated it really liked it Jan 25, Eck No preview available – So, I knew her research would be impeccable. It was a joy to know. It is a year-long celebration where at the end of the year we just come back to the beginning — for the next cycle. I spoke to many people in Varanasi about books on the city and everyone pointed me to this book.


Banaras is the place of God.

Banaras: City of Light by Diana L. Eck

Want to Djana saving…. It’s wonderful to note the depth the author has gone about Kashi Detailed Review – https: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. She compares notes from the Puranas with the observations of various travelers.

I learned much, much about Hinduism via geographical, architectural and historical details about one of the spiritual centers.

Is that not what we have always said — when we say it is the city of light. Rather dry but cek detailed, and presumably well re-searched, this provided me with more information about Banares than I could ever want, or need, to know.

India has a huge heritage history. One of the ideas I was very taken with in the books was that of India’s ‘sacred geography’. She describes the rites of its temples, the busy life of its riverfront, and the exuberance of its festivals.

Later on, her discourse is completely soaked in Indian ethos for Kashi.