Banaras (Varanasi) (Cosmic Order, Sacred City, Hindu Traditions

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Item Code: NAK458
Author: Rana P.B. Singh
Publisher: Tara Book Work, Varanasi
Language: English
Edition: 2022
ISBN: 8185403929
Pages: 343 (Throughout B/W Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 11.0 inch X 8.5 inch
Weight 800 gm
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About The Book

The authology of twenty essays represent the framework of Hindu’ holiest city, Banaras (Varanasi) with respect to survey of Sanskrit sources, early mythology, nomenclature of various names, the geomantic outline of pilgrimage mandala and sacred journeys, the Ganga ghats and the associated deities, depth and cosmogony, symbol of death and related functionaries, death and digestion and related rituals, Siva’s universe and the cosmic order, Bhairava as the controlling lord, death rituals: ghosts, greed and sins, secret parlance of the ghatias (pandas), Hindu calendrical system and festivities, the five popular melas, cultural history and tourist attraction in Sarnath, the celebration of Ramanagar Ramlila, use and practices of milk bovines, demographic profile in 1820s, awakening Hindu nationalism and role of educational institutions, Banaras as the World Heritage City and historical accounts. At the end a selected bibliography of 494 sources from Sanskrit, Hindi, English, German, French and Japanese is also given.

Out of twenty essays thirteen are reprinted and the rest written fresh to cover the notable issues. This is the first and the only anthology of the nature where the outline of cosmic order and the popular traditions are synthesized together. This way the anthology reflects the deeply rooted faith and traditional of Hindu culture.


About The Author

Dr. Rana P.B. Singh is Reader in Geography, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, UP 221005, India; and Director, Varanasi-Studies Foundation, and Editor, Culture Traditions of India Series, Aside from his many publications, also include six books and twenty-four papers on Varanasi. As Visiting Professor/Scholar he has given lectures in various universities in the USSR, USA, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Nepal, As a Pilgrim and Wanderer he performs sacred journeys and visitation to sacred places.




  The Contributors 4
  Prof. R. L. Singh: An Appreciation 5
  Introduction: The Personality of Varanasi 6-8
1 Diana L. Eck  
  A Survey of Sanskrit sources for the study of Varanasi 9-19
2 Hans Bakker  
  Early Mythology relating to Varanasi 21-28
3 D. P. Dubey  
  Varanas! : A name study 29-36
4 Rana P. B. Singh  
  Varanasi: The Pilgrimage Mandala, Geomantic map and Cosmic numbers 37-64
5 Rana P. B. Singh  
  The Ganga Ghats, Varanasi: The Riverfront Landscape 65-102
6 Jonathan P. Parry  
  Death and cosmogony in Kashi 103-121
7 Meena Kaushik  
  The symbolic representation of death (in Kashi) 123-139
8 Jonathan P. Parry  
  Death and digestion: the symbolism of food and eating in North Indian mortuary rites 141-154
9 Rana P. B. Singh  
  Siva's Universe in Varanasi 155-162
10 Elizabeth-Charlier Visuvalingam  
  Bhairava : Kotwala of Varanasi 163-177
11 Jonathan P. Parry  
  Ghosts, grees and sin: the occupational identity of the Banaras funeral priests 179-196
12 R. R. Mehrotra  
  The secret parlance of Pandas: case of Varanasi 197-214
13 Rana P.B. Singh  
  Time and Hindu rituals in Varanasi: a studyof sacrality and cycles' 215-224
14 Nita Kumar  
  Patronage, identity and cultural change: Five melas of Banaras 225-233
15 Rana P. B. Singh  
  Sarnath : Cultural history, museum and tourist-sites 235-256
16 William S. Sax  
  The Ramnagar Rarnlila: Text, performance, pilgrimage 257-273
17 Deryck O. Lodrick  
  On religion and milk bovines in an urban Indian setting, Varanasi 275-278
18 Rana P. 8. Singh  
  Varanasi : Demographic profile in 18205 and its linkage to past and present 279-288
19 Uwe Kockmann  
  The role of educational institutions in the awakening of Hindu nationalism in 19th century Varanasi 289-269
20 Rana P. B. Singh  
  Varanasi, a World Heritage City: The Frame and Historical Accounts 297-316
21 Banaras (Varanasi): A Selected Bibliography (494). 317-341

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