Ancient Indian History

6. The Aryans dedicated the whole of a separate Mandala in Rig-Veda for the hymns dedicated to __?

(A) Agni
(B) Varuna
(C) Indra
(D) Soma

Correct Answer: (D) Soma

Answer Explanation:
Soma & Haoma : (It is the 9th Mandal of Rigveda which contains 114 hymns ) The fermented juice of the plant called Soma appears to have been the only intoxicating drink used in Vedic times. So much were the ancient Aryans addicted to this drink, that Soma was soon worshipped as a deity both in India and in Iran (under the name Haoma in the latter country), and we find one entire Mandala, or Book, of the Rig-Veda, dedicated to this deity.

7. What symbol represents the birth of Gautama Buddha?

(A) Bodh tree
(B) Lotus
(C) Horse
(D) Wheel

Correct Answer: (B) Lotus

Answer Explanation:
Lotus and bull resemble the symbol of the birth of Gautama Buddha.

8. Which among the following Buddhist scripture deals in the teachings of Buddhism?

(A) Abhidhamma Pitaka
(B) Vinay Pitaka
(C) Sutta Pitaka
(D) Both b & c

Correct Answer: (C) Sutta Pitaka

Answer Explanation:
The Sutta Pitaka (or basket of suttas) contains the essence of the Gautama Buddha’s teaching regarding the Dhamma. It contains more than 10,000 suttas (or teachings) attributed to the Buddha or his close disciples. It is the second of three sections of the Tripitaka, the earliest Buddhist scripture. The Sutta Pitaka is made of five nikayas ( or collections) of suttas viz. Digha Nikaya, Majjhima Nikaya, Samyutta Nikaya, Anguttara Nikaya, Khuddaka Nikaya.

9. Which among the following Gupta emperors called himself “Lichchhavi-dauhitra”?

(A) Shrigupta
(B) Chandragupta I
(C) Chandragupta II
(D) Samudragupta

Correct Answer: (D) Samudragupta

Answer Explanation:
Chandragupta-I married the daughter of Licchhavis, a royal influential family.His son and successor Samudragupta call himself Lichchavi- dauhitra the son of the daughter of the Lichchavis.

10. Which ruler is credited for the spread of Jainism in Karnataka?

(A) Chandragupta Maurya
(B) Bimbisara
(C) Ashoka
(D) Samparati

Correct Answer: (A) Chandragupta Maurya

Answer Explanation:
The spread of Jainism in Karnataka is attributed to Chandragupta Maurya. The Emperor became a Jaina, gave up his throne and spent the last years of his life in Karnataka as a Jaina ascetic.

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