City of Light
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 remain for a long time the definitive work on this great Indian city.
The most beautiful book... on India.
A major event among studies of India.
John Stratton Hawley
Eck is a master of tone here. She begins as dry scholar, allows her personal voice to emerge and then, through judicious use of lyric quotations, advances to a striking level of exaltation and triumph.... To take us gently off this high, Eck buttresses us-and her arguments-with a truly amazing display of addenda; glossaries, calendars and appendices. One ends filled with admiration and awe, not just for the vision given us, but for the scholarship and dedication that made it possible.
Preface to the Columbia Edition
Banaras: An Introduction
Banaras in Historical Perspective
The City of Shiva
The Sacred Circle of All the Gods
The River Ganges and the Great Ghats
Seasons and Times
City of All India
City of the Good Life
City of Death and Liberation
Appendix 1: Sanskrit Sources for the Study of Banaras
Appendix 2: The Zones of the Sacred City
Appendix 3: The Shiva Lingas of Kashi
Appendix 4: The Cycles of Kashi Goddesses
Appendix 5: Other Deities of Kashi
Appendix 6: The Year in Banaras: A Partial Calender
Note on Transliteration and Pronunciation