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Banaras Reconstructed : Architecture and Sacred Space in a Hindu Holy City (Hardcover) (Madhuri Desai)

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Between the late sixteenth and early twentieth centuries, Banaras, the iconic Hindu center in northern India that is often described as the oldest living city in the world, was reconstructed materially as well as imaginatively, and embellished with temples, monasteries, mansions, and ghats (riverfront fortress-palaces). Banaras?s refurbished sacred landscape became the subject of pilgrimage maps and its spectacular riverfront was depicted in panoramas and described in travelogues.

In Banaras Reconstructed, Madhuri Desai examines the confluences, as well as the tensions, that have shaped this complex and remarkable city. In so doing, she raises issues central to historical as well as contemporary Indian identity and delves into larger questions about religious urban environments in South Asia.

Number of Pages: 230
Genre: History, Architecture, Religion + Beliefs
Series Title: Global South Asia
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Washington Pr
Author: Madhuri Desai
Language: English
Street Date: June 7, 2017
TCIN: 52063455
UPC: 9780295741604
Item Number (DPCI): 248-40-2951
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