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a former name of Varanasi.
Historical Examples

He instantly departed by post, and was in the dominions of Nepal before any one suspected that he had left Banaras.
An Account of The Kingdom of Nepal Fancis Buchanan Hamilton

The Raja approved entirely of p. 252this measure, and determined to end his days at Banaras, and thus to secure a place in heaven.
An Account of The Kingdom of Nepal Fancis Buchanan Hamilton

a variant spelling of Benares


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