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Benares - The sacred city of the Hindus
Benares - The sacred city of the Hindus

Benares - The sacred city of the Hindus

by M A Sherring

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Language

English

Publisher

LP Publications

ISBN

8186142886 - Year: 1996 - Pages: 388

Binding

Hardcover

M A Sherring

Author: M A Sherring
Publisher: LP Publications
Year: 1996
Language: English
Pages: 388
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8186142886

Description

An account of a city which has held a foremost place in the history of India, and is destined to retain this position in the new era of enlightenment.

The history of a country is sometimes epitomized in the history of one of it's principal cities. The city of Benares represents India, religiously and intellectually, just as Paris represents the political sentiments of France. There are few cities in the world of greater antiquity and none that have so uninterruptedly maintained their ancient celebrity and distinction.

Varanasi, as denoting a city has been a name familiar to Brahminical literature. The word is crudely referred, by modern inventiveness, to a combination of Varna and Asi, convertible, in late usage, with Varanasi which is also designated as Kasi - the city of Light. Benares is the gateway to Hindu Salvation.,

Contents

Preface
Introduction - By Fitzedward Hall, Esq., D.C.L

CHAPTER I
Early history of Benares

CHAPTER II
No Architectural remains dating prior to the third century before Christ yet found in India

CHAPTER III
Puranic form of Modern Hinduism

CHAPTER IV
Temple of Bhaironath, the god-magistrate of Benares

CHAPTER V
Legend respecting Divodas

CHAPTER VI
Benares, Kasi, and Kedar, the three Grand Divisions of the city

CHAPTER VII
Panchganga Ghat

CHAPTER VIII
Temple of Jageswar

CHAPTER IX
The Pisach-Mochan Tank

CHAPTER X
The Man-Mandil Ghat

CHAPTER XI
Dasasamedh Ghat and Temple

CHAPTER XII
The Bengali population of Benares

CHAPTER XIII
Durga Kund Temple

CHAPTER XIV
Temple of the Maharaja of Benares at Ramnagar

CHAPTER XV
Barna Sangam, or Confluence of the Barna and Ganges

CHAPTER XVI
Sivala Ghat

CHAPTER XVII
Hindu and Mohammedan Melas or Religious Festivals, held periodically, in Benares

CHAPTER XVIII
The Buddhist Ruins at Sarnath

CHAPTER XIX
Ancient Buddhist Ruins at Bakariya Kund

CHAPTER XX
Further Account of Ancient Remains recently discovered in Benares and its vicinity.

CHAPTER XXI
Source of the great wealth of Benares

CHAPTER XXII
Sentiments engendered by the contemplation of the city of Benares

Appendix A
Narrative of Fa Hian, concerning his visit to Benares and Sarnath, Extracted from the Foe Koue Ki by MM Remusat, Klaproth, and Landresse

Appendix B
Narrative of Hiouen Thsang. Translated by the author from the "Memories sur les Contrees Occidentales de
Hiouen Thsang," of M. Stainslas Julien, translator of the original Chinese work

Appendix C
Further information concerning Divodas
Index

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

Raja of Ahmety's Temple

Temple at Manikarnika Ghat

Raja of Nagpore's Ghat

The Minarets

The Nepalese Temple

Ram Ghat

Great Buddhist Tower at Sarnath

Carving on the Buddhist Tower, No. I

Carving on the Buddhist Tower, No. II

Ancient Buddhist Temple at Bakariya Kund

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