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Document Type(s):Book Chapter
Book Title:Banaras (Varanasi): Cosmic Order, Sacred City, Hindu Traditions
Article/Chapter Title:A Survey of Sanskrit Sources for the Study of Varanasi
Editor(s):Singh, R.P. B
Author(s):Eck, Diana L
Publisher Name:Tara Book Agency
Place of Publication:Varanasi
Date of Publication:1993
Annotation:Eck reviews references to the city of Varanasi in Sanskrit mahatmya literature, a genre that describes and praises holy places, times, or activities. Noting the variety of sources for the study of the city, Eck contends that “together they present one with thousands of lines of mythical, ritual, geographical, theological, hymnic, and historical materials” (p 19). She hopes that the study of Varanasi, which is considered to be a prime example of a tirtha (crossing place), may shed light on the phenomena of tirthas more broadly.
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