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Indian city on the Ganges. The name is an anglicized rendering of the name Vārāṇasī, “city between the rivers Varaṇā and Asī.” Benares is a sacred place for Hindus, Jains, and Buddhists. Founded around the 6th cent. bce, the city numbered more than a million residents in 1991. It is a pilgrimage destination, a center of Sanskrit scholarship, a meeting place for various ascetic groups, and the location of the sanctified death at the Man_.;ikarn_.;ikā Ghāt. According to mythology, the high god Shiva resided in Benares;…

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Michaels, Axel, “Benares,”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 04 July 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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