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Benares

Halidé Edib

in Inside India

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780195699999
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080540 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195699999.003.0016
Benares

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In this chapter, the author recounts her visit to Benares, where she spent time resting and sight-seeing. She was escorted by Professor Mujeeb and stayed at the house of Dr Bhagavan Das. It was her first time to stay in a Hindu house, and witnessed Dr Bhagavan Das and family live like real Hindus. The author also met Babu Shiva Prasad, a multi-millionaire who lives as a poor Indian and spends his money on helping the older educational institutions or on founding new ones. Prasad thought that if religion separates, it can also unite. So he built a temple in Benares with India's Map as the supreme deity. The author's itinerary also included a visit to Benares Hindu University and to a kindergarten of Montessori type. She saw a temple dedicated to Vishnu, the largest in Benares, and met Abdul Majid, a Muslim notable.

Keywords: Benares; Bhagavan Das; Hindu house; Babu Shiva Prasad; temple in Benares; Benares Hindu University; Abdul Majid

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Subjects: Literature

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