A Hand-book of Benares

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Travancore Government Press, 1901 - Vārānasi (Uttar Pradesh, India) - 85 pages
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Page 11 - had as many pilgrims as religion. All along the shores of the venerable stream lay great fleets of vessels, laden with rich merchandise. From the looms of Benares went forth the most delicate silks that adorned the halls of St. James and of Versailles, and in the bazaars the
Page 31 - To pray her husband's safe return from trade Or beg a boy next birth; hard by the booths Where the swart potters beat the noisy brass For lamps and lotas; thence by temple walls And gateways, to the river
Page 56 - The Dom supplies five logs of wood which he lays in order on the ground, the rest of the wood being given by the family of the deceased. When the pile is ready for burning a handful of lighted straw is brought by the Dom and is
Page 31 - drone of beaded gourd; There a long line of drums and horns, which went With steeds gay painted and silk canopies To bring the young bride home ; and here a wife Stealing with cakes
Page 31 - Here a throng Gathered to watch some chattering snake-tamer Wind round his wrist the living jewellery Of asp and nag, or charm the hooded death To angry dance to drone of beaded gourd;
Page 32 - withered hands and utters the same pious exclamation. Let a European in some distant city in casual talk in the bazar mention the fact that he has lived at Benares, and at once, voices will be raised to call down blessings on his head ; for a
Page 31 - cloth, The war of words to cheapen this or that, The shout to clear the road, the huge stone wheels, The strong slow oxen and their rustling
Page 32 - The weary pilgrim, scarcely able to stand with age and weakness, blinded by the dust and heat and almost dead with fatigue, crawls out of the oven-like railway carriage and as soon as his feet touch the ground he lifts up
Page 66 - before this idol would be restored to life. As I could not possibly give credit to such a pretence, I employed a confidential person to ascertain the truth, and as I justly supposed the whole was detected to be an impudent imposture. Of this discovery I availed myself and
Page 27 - iron, plated with silver in rings to give a firm grasp, rather more than six feet in length and furnished with a long triangular blade of more than twenty inches, with sharp edges. The first man who attempted to make his way up the staircase was greeted with a sharp lunge of the spear, and hastily retreated with a

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