The Shining one – the old name for Varanasi, the city of Shiva.
He resides there as Lord of the Universe, Vishvanatha.
Varanasi is derived from the Varuna and Assi, two rivers that flow into the Ganga here.
More names of this city
Avimukta – the city that Shiva never leaves.
Anandavana – the forest (vana) of bliss (ananda). Forest stands for the countless lingas in this city.
Rudravasa – Rudra’s place of residence (Rudra is a name of Shiva), meaning the omnipresence of Shiva in every grain of dust.
Mahashmashana – the great (maha) cremation place (shmashana). To die in Varanasi in Varanasi is the goal of every Shiva devotee, because in this case he goes directly into Shiva’s abode.
Benares/Banaras – the city in Pali language.
Read about the cosmic layout of Kashi and the 56 Vinayakas