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BENARES THE SACRED CITY
BENARES THE SACRED CITY
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Preface

It is perhaps, because Benares is not forbidden, that such a mine of human interest and one of the most extraordinary cities of the East, is now probably less known to most Europeans than Lhasa. Even of the Europeans who have seen Benares, few have any adequate conception of the ideas and beliefs which many millions of our fellow-subjects associate with it. Few indeed have either the time or the inclination to read through the increasing accumulation of very solid literature which deals with the philosophic side of Hinduism; and the more popular missionary accounts generally make the mistake of representing all Hinduism as a mass of degraded superstitions and idolatry, only held together by the profound ignorance and backwardness of the Indian people.

These sketches are not offered as a contribution to oriental scholarship, or to religious controversy, but as an attempt to give an intelligible outline of Hindu ideas and religious practices, and especially as a presentation of the imaginative and artistic side of Indian religions, which can be observed at few places so well as in the sacred city and its neighbourhood the birthplace of Buddhism and of one of the principal sects of Hinduism.

The illustration have been for the most part specially prepared to elucidate the text, and include some of the remarkable discoveries made this year at Sarnath. They will it is hopea, give some idea of the wonderful artistic, wealth of Benares life, and at the same time be more instructive than those of ordinary books of travel.

The authorities consulted include Sherring's Sacred City of the Hindus; The Life and Times of Sri Sankaracharya, by C. Krishnasami Aiyar; and the works of Barth, Beal, Sylvain Levi, Rhys Davids, Monier Willians, Max Muller, Taylor and many others. My acknowledgements are due to messrs. E.J. Lazarus and Co. of Benares, for permission to use Mr. Ralph Griffiths' translation of the Rig-veda; and to Messrs. Som Brothers, Calcutta for extracts from Pandit Tattvabhushan's translations of the Upanishads.

I am indebted to H.H. the Maharajah of Benares and staff for much courteous assistance; and to Babus Abanindro Nath Tagore, Dinesh Chandra Sen, and other Indian friends for valuable information.

Mr. J.H. Marshell, Director-General of the Archaeological Survey of India, Dr. Vogel, Messrs. Johnstone and Hoffman, Calcutta and Messrs. Saeed Bros., Benares, have kindly helped me with some of the illustrations.

E.B. Havell

Calcutta, October, 1905.

CONTENTS
Chapter I In the Vedic Times 1
Chapter II The Hindu Epics-Hero Worship 17
Chapter III The Advent of Buddha-Sarnath and the Latest Discoveries- The Jains 32
Chapter IV The Rise of Modern Hinduism 58
Chapter V In the City 71
Chapter VI On the Ganges 90
Chapter VII The Ghats-Asi Sangam to Nepali Ghat 106
Chapter VIII The Ghats- From Manikarnika to Barna sangam 134
Chapter IX The Temples and Sacred Wells 160
Chapter X The Panch-Tirth and the Pilgrimage of The Panch-Kosi Road- The Pilgrimage of the Soul 186
Chapter XI Remains of Old Benares-A Hindu-Muham-Madam Riot-A Weavers's Colony 199
Chapter XII Benares Under British Rule 210

BENARES THE SACRED CITY

Item Code:
IDG855
Cover:
Paperback
Edition:
1990
ISBN:
8171420526
Language:
English
Size:
8.6" X 5.5"
Pages:
235 {67 Illustrations in B/W}
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Preface

It is perhaps, because Benares is not forbidden, that such a mine of human interest and one of the most extraordinary cities of the East, is now probably less known to most Europeans than Lhasa. Even of the Europeans who have seen Benares, few have any adequate conception of the ideas and beliefs which many millions of our fellow-subjects associate with it. Few indeed have either the time or the inclination to read through the increasing accumulation of very solid literature which deals with the philosophic side of Hinduism; and the more popular missionary accounts generally make the mistake of representing all Hinduism as a mass of degraded superstitions and idolatry, only held together by the profound ignorance and backwardness of the Indian people.

These sketches are not offered as a contribution to oriental scholarship, or to religious controversy, but as an attempt to give an intelligible outline of Hindu ideas and religious practices, and especially as a presentation of the imaginative and artistic side of Indian religions, which can be observed at few places so well as in the sacred city and its neighbourhood the birthplace of Buddhism and of one of the principal sects of Hinduism.

The illustration have been for the most part specially prepared to elucidate the text, and include some of the remarkable discoveries made this year at Sarnath. They will it is hopea, give some idea of the wonderful artistic, wealth of Benares life, and at the same time be more instructive than those of ordinary books of travel.

The authorities consulted include Sherring's Sacred City of the Hindus; The Life and Times of Sri Sankaracharya, by C. Krishnasami Aiyar; and the works of Barth, Beal, Sylvain Levi, Rhys Davids, Monier Willians, Max Muller, Taylor and many others. My acknowledgements are due to messrs. E.J. Lazarus and Co. of Benares, for permission to use Mr. Ralph Griffiths' translation of the Rig-veda; and to Messrs. Som Brothers, Calcutta for extracts from Pandit Tattvabhushan's translations of the Upanishads.

I am indebted to H.H. the Maharajah of Benares and staff for much courteous assistance; and to Babus Abanindro Nath Tagore, Dinesh Chandra Sen, and other Indian friends for valuable information.

Mr. J.H. Marshell, Director-General of the Archaeological Survey of India, Dr. Vogel, Messrs. Johnstone and Hoffman, Calcutta and Messrs. Saeed Bros., Benares, have kindly helped me with some of the illustrations.

E.B. Havell

Calcutta, October, 1905.

CONTENTS
Chapter I In the Vedic Times 1
Chapter II The Hindu Epics-Hero Worship 17
Chapter III The Advent of Buddha-Sarnath and the Latest Discoveries- The Jains 32
Chapter IV The Rise of Modern Hinduism 58
Chapter V In the City 71
Chapter VI On the Ganges 90
Chapter VII The Ghats-Asi Sangam to Nepali Ghat 106
Chapter VIII The Ghats- From Manikarnika to Barna sangam 134
Chapter IX The Temples and Sacred Wells 160
Chapter X The Panch-Tirth and the Pilgrimage of The Panch-Kosi Road- The Pilgrimage of the Soul 186
Chapter XI Remains of Old Benares-A Hindu-Muham-Madam Riot-A Weavers's Colony 199
Chapter XII Benares Under British Rule 210
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