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Hinduism 02
At Diwali, lamps are lit and doors are left open to invite Lakshmi into the house.

Hinduism 02

Hinduism is the main religion of India. It has over 900 million followers worldwide. Hindu worship seeks to engage all five senses and is known for its colourful and joyous rituals.

In the 20th century, Hinduism began to gain popularity in the West. Hindus' tolerance for diversity in belief make it an attractive alternative to traditional Western religions. Hinduism has influenced the West introducing us to such things as yoga and chakras.

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1.
Whose wife, Sita, was kidnapped by Ravana?
Krishna
Ganesh
Shiva
Rama
Rama and Sita's story is told in the Ramayana, the epic which describes Rama's life, including his great battle with Ravana
2.
How many days does Diwali last?
Two days
Three days
Four days
Five days
Diwali is a festival of lights
3.
Which of these festivals celebrates the first day of spring?
Rama Navami
Durga Puja
Saraswati Puja
Diwali
It is celebrated on the fifth day of Magha
4.
At Diwali, lamps are lit and doors are left open to invite which goddess into the house?
Durga
Saraswati
Lakshmi
Kali
Lakshmi is the goddess of fertility and prosperity
5.
Which festival takes place once every 12 years, with millions of people making the pilgrimage to bathe at Allahabad?
Kumbh Mela
Hajj
Holi
Diwali
Allahabad is where two of the most sacred rivers, the Ganges and the Jumna, converge
6.
What does the festival Holi celebrate?
The autumn harvest
Good overcoming evil
The beauty of the world
Reincarnation
Holi is a spring festival in which people celebrate the mischievous nature of Krishna by throwing paint and coloured water over each other. More seriously, it is a time to remember the story of Prahlad and how good overcomes evil - this is symbolised with the lighting of bonfires
7.
Which of these is a way of meditating and finding God?
The seven steps
Lighting the sacred fire
Raja yoga
Rangoli
Yoga is often thought of as merely physical exercise, but its origin in Hinduism is as a form of meditation
8.
Which of these does NOT play an important role in Diwali celebrations?
Decorations, such as rangoli patterns
Fasting
Candles or lamps
The exchange of gifts
Fasting (going without food) may be observed in the weeks or days before Diwali
9.
What is the Hindu name for worship, whether it takes place at home or in a temple?
Puja
Dharma
Pilgrimage
Karma
In the home, puja is an important part of everyday life
10.
Which river is considered to purify, or wash away, the sins of someone who bathes in it?
The Thames
The Yangtze
The Zambezi
The Ganges
All water is sacred in Hinduism, especially the Ganges

 

Author:  Sheri Smith

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