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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Banaras: CITY OF LIGHT – Diana L. Eck – Google Books

Elias rated it really liked it Jun 23, In Banaras — the city of light, Prof Eck looks at the ancient city from various angles. Banaras becomes the microcosm of India. If you’re heading to Varanasi, read this first.

However, for people who are going to make the trip, and who, like me, are city-bred Hindus and are ignorant of lkght of what makes up the religion they follow, this is a much needed book. Shambuka Rama Three tales retold by Mukunda Rao.

Banaras City of Light by Diana L Eck

Nov 26, Suruchi Sharma rated it liked it. I learned banzras much about our own myths as they are mentioned in the Puranas or the Mahatmayas.

I have made a couple of more trips since then to Kashi including one for Panch Kroshi Yatra. After reading this book, I have a deep yearning to visit Benaras in this lifetime and if I have get lught there, nothing like it. Account Options Sign in. But when you read it in one go, you realize that we live from festival to festival. Please enter your comment!

This strikes me as a very important concept in lighht the idea of India and that of its borders, natural or man-made. You want to see the original temples at Jnan Vyapi and Panchganga Ghat. 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 will enliven every step of your visit.


The book I was was looking for and loved. I assume the book was somewhere written oof the western audience in mind. Pooja rated it really liked it Feb 08, These trips gave me a sense of the city. Hindus believe that Banaras has always been there since eternity and will survive the end by rising again from ashes of djana universe. Today, Eck is a professor of comparative religion and Indian studies at Harvard. 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.

Jul 21, Lowell Brower rated it really liked it Shelves: Sep 04, Tarun Rattan rated it it was amazing.

Eck Limited preview – Banaras is where civilisation began and this book traces those first steps of mankind in a masterly account. 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.

The writer deals with some subjects with such compassion you would find find those places and experience them. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. She was reading this book, and we used it as a reference to locate some of the ancient temples in the lesser known areas of the city.

Banaras: City of Light

It is the place where Shiva, the Lord of All, is said to have made his permanent home since the dawn of creation. I knew a bit about the popular places of Varanasi but I came exk know a lot more. May 07, Kecia rated it really liked it Shelves: I was there last month on a sudden visit that I couldn’t plan properly, and therefore couldn’t read up on enough.


Humans might have originated in Africa but they sck 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. It is eternal, ever intact and is virtually indestructible. She describes the rites of its temples, the busy life of its riverfront, and the exuberance of its festivals.

Recommended to anyone traveling to Bararas the holy city of the Hindus in the near future.

City of Light by Diana L. City of Light Diana L. Wherever that place is, it is the place where one is able to see into the true nature of things.

Banaras: City of Light by Diana L. Eck

She is also the director of the Pluralism Project at Harvard. Must read for people visting banares, gives you new things to add to your adventure. You wonder where the so-called Anand Van is?

Thanks for telling us about the problem. She talks about the story of Ganga as it is an inherent part of Banaras — City of Light. Banaras City of Light.