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Varanasi [anc. Kāsī: ‘City of Light’; Kashi; Vārāṇasī; Banāras; Benares]locked

  • M. A. Claringbull

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Sacred city and pilgrimage centre on the banks of the Ganga River between the Barna, or Varuna, and Asi rivers in Uttar Pradesh, India. It is the most holy of the seven sacred cities of Hinduism (the others being Ayodhya, Mathura, Hardwar, Kanchipuram, Ujjain and Dwarka) and has been the focus of Brahmanical learning and religious ...

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