About the Book
India: A Sacred Geography tells the story of the pilgrim’s India. In these pages, Diana Eck takes the reader on an extraordinary spiritual journey through the living landscape of this fascinating country-its mountains, rivers, and seacoasts, its ancient and powerful temples and shrines. Seeking to fully understand the sacred places of pilgrimage from the ground up, with their stories, connections, and layers of meaning, she acutely examines Hindu religious ideas and narratives and shows how they have been deeply inscribed in the land itself. Ultimately, Eck shows us that from these networks of pilgrimage places, India’s very sense of region and nation has emerged. This is the astonishing and fascinating picture of a land linked for centuries not by the power of kings and governments, but by the footsteps of pilgrims.
India: A Sacred Geography offers a unique perspective on India, both as a complex religious culture and as a nation. Based on her extensive knowledge and her many decades of wide-ranging travel and research, Eck’s piercing insights and sweeping grasp of history ensure that this work will be in demand for many years to come.
About the Author
Diana L. Eck is professor of comparative religion and Indian studies at Harvard University and is Master of Lowell House and Director of the Pluralism Project. Her book Banaras, City of Light, remains a classic in the field, and Encountering God: A Spiritual Journey from Bozeman to Banaras won the prestigious Grawemeyer Book Award. In 1998, President Clinton awarded her the National Humanities Medal for the work of the Pluralism Project in the investigation of America’s changing religious landscape.
Note on Transliteration and Pronunciation
A sacred geography, an imagined landscape
What is India?
Rose apple island: India in the lotus of the world
The Ganga and the rivers of India
Shiva’s light in the land of India
Shakti, the distribution of the body of the goddess
Vishnu, endless and descending
The land and story of Krishna
Following Rama: the Ramayana on the landscape of India
A pilgrim’s india today
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