- a city in SE Uttar Pradesh, in NE India, on the Ganges River: Hindu holy city.
Formerly Banares, Benares.
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Examples from the Web for varanasi
Journalist and novelist Geoff Dyer's latest work on Venice and Varanasi has won him acclaim.
Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi is a novel of two distinct parts.
As I write, Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi has sold out here at the festival, with more copies being sent from Delhi.
I'm not going to Varanasi again on this trip and I'm quite relieved.India's Literary Magic
January 20, 2010
How many Venice Biennales have you been to, and which inspired the events in the first half of Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi?The Ghost of Biennales Past
June 2, 2009
From Varanasi (the travellers) went back east to Pataliputtra.Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms
The princes eat off silver and gold, and are clothed in silk of Varanasi.
Then a great Rishi brought Varanasi back to his capital with his Celestial bride.
Ere long he returned with Tapas, the sun god having declared that Varanasi would be a worthy husband for his daughter.
- a city in NE India, in SE Uttar Pradesh on the River Ganges: probably dates from the 13th century bc; an early centre of Aryan philosophy and religion; a major place of pilgrimage for Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists, with many ghats along the Ganges; seat of the Banaras Hindu University (1916), India's leading university, and the Sanskrit University (1957). Pop: 1 100 748 (2001)Former names: Benares, Banaras
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