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[buh-nahr-is, -eez]
  1. a former name of Varanasi.
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Historical Examples

  • The baby's mother was a pilgrim from Benares, and her baby had been born in the South.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael

  • And Benares is so important that I must give more than a paragraph to my impressions of it.

  • Most of the temples in Benares, too, are as far from cleanliness as they are from godliness.

  • He has come to Benares to seek healing in the waters of life.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

  • We accordingly left Benares for Calcutta towards the end of 1849.

British Dictionary definitions for benares



  1. the former name of Varanasi
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