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Banaras (Varanasi): Cosmic Order, Sacred City, Hindu Traditions / Singh, Rana P.B. (Ed.)
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Banaras (Varanasi): Cosmic Order, Sacred City, Hindu Traditions
Singh, Rana P.B. (Ed.)
 
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  Book ID : 2679
  ISBN-10 : 81-85403-92-9 / 8185403929
  ISBN-13 : 978-81-85403-92-2 / 9788185403922
  Place of Publication : Varanasi
  Year of Publication : 1993
  Edition : (First Edition)
  Language : English
  343p., 25 cm.
   
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CONTENTS:-
1. A Survey of Sanskrit sources for the study of Varanasi.
2. Early Mythology relating to Varanasi.
3. Varanasi: A name study.
4. Varanasi: The Pilgrimage Mandala, Geomantic map and Cosmic numbers.
5. The Ganga Ghats, Varanasi: The Riverfront Landscape.
6. Death and cosmogony in Kashi.
7. The symbolic representation of death (in Kashi).
8. Death and digestion: the symbolism of food and eating in North Indian mortuary rites.
9. Siva's Universe in Varanasi.
10. Bhairava : Kotwala of Varanasi.
11. Ghosts, grees and sin: the occupational identity of the Banaras funeral priests.
12. The secret parlance of Pandas: case of Varanasi.
13. Time and Hindu rituals in Varanasi: a studyof sacrality and cycles.
14. Patronage, identity and cultural change: Five melas of Banaras.
15. Sarnath : Cultural history, museum and tourist-sites.
16. The Ramnagar Rarnlila: Text, performance, pilgrimage.
17. On religion and milk bovines in an urban Indian setting, Varanasi.
18. Varanasi : Demographic profile in 18205 and its linkage to past and present.
19. The role of educational institutions in the awakening of Hindu nationalism in 19th century Varanasi.
20. Varanasi, a World Heritage City: The Frame and Historical Accounts.
21. Banaras (Varanasi): A Selected Bibliography (494).

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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.

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