Benares seen from within
Benares, or Varanasi, is Hinduism's most sacred city, the place where the Buddha commenced his ministry, and arguably the oldest living city in the world. Richard Lannoy combines photography and cultural history in the most massive presentation of this extraordinary city ever attempted.
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Foreword by Dr Anand Krishna
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Anandamayi ancient ascetic Ashoka ashram Aurangzeb axis beautiful Benares Bhairava bhakti body brahmin British Buddha Buddhist caste centre century chakra city's colour Cosmic Pillar Cosmogony cosmogram cosmos cremation crowd cult culture death deity devotion Dhamekh Stupa divine Diwali earth Eliade eyes festival Ganga Ganges Gautama Geddes Ghat Goddess gods guru Hindu Hinduism holy human idea India Indo-Aryan Indra inner Irwin Islamic Jamini Kabir Kala Kashi kind king Krishna lanes Lat Bhairo light linga living mandala Manikarnika means meditation metaphysical microcosm mind Moghul monks Moon mural Muslim myth pandits performed photographs pilgrim pilgrimage Pisacha Primordial Mound Raja Rajghat Rama Ramlila reality religion religious rites ritual river role sacred sacrifice sadhu Sanskrit Sarnath Shankara Shiva shrine Singh Soma spiritual stone stupa symbol tion tirtha tradition tree truth Tulsidas University Varana Vedic Vishnu Vishwanath temple Western whole word worship Yantra Yoga yogi yogic