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Gods and Their Incarnations
Test your knowledge of Hinduism in this quiz.

Gods and Their Incarnations

An avatar, similar to the Christian concept of the incarnation of God, is different in two ways. Firstly, a god can incarnate in many places at the same time through "partial" avatars, called amshas, but the main from remains entirely “full". Secondly, the incarnations do not completely participate in the human sufferings and also lose the power and knowledge of their divine form.

The term 'Vatar' symbolizes the one who has descended. It means that he descended from his godly state to the human form. So, Avatar means the beings who descended from the Spiritual World to the Earth to establish Dharma, preserve the human race and promulgate Sastra. Thus, Avatar means the form who descends as a partially or fully-empowered incarnation of the Divine Mother, Adhiparasakthi.

An Avatar, also called a Saviour, is a person who rescues or saves mankind from deterioration. He saves the earth by his grace. Whenever virtue subsides and wickedness prevails, and whenever unrighteousness rises or Adharma starts, and whenever there is destruction and unrest in this world, our Divine Mother incarnates herself. Adhiparasakthi descends to this physical plane to establish the virtues of Dharmas and to save the good and destroy the evil. When she descends to the physical plane and takes a human form she is known as an avatar.

An avatar is also known as the Messenger of the Divine because the avatar transmits pure and unselfish love from the divine power to mankind. He gives a taste of the unadulterated sweet nectar of heavenly love to the souls scorched by the fire of worldliness and pain. The omnipotent Mother Adhiparasakthi, who is Bliss, Truth and Consciousness, bestows special grace and manifests herself as a common person during her Avatar life. In this period, the divine goddess acquires a human form and incarnates herself so as to set an example before us in this life. It is her speciality that, in spite of being omnipresent and boundless, she becomes a tiny human

1.
Which Hindu god is often seen carrying thunderbolts and riding on the back of a white elephant?
Hanuman
Indra
Durga
Shiva
Indra is also known as the King of Gods and the white elephant he rides on is called Airavat
2.
Which Hindu deity is the goddess of wealth and prosperity?
Lakshmi
Kurma
Saraswati
Sita
Lakshmi is the better half of Lord Vishnu and is considered to be the goddess of wealth and prosperity
3.
Which of the following is not a demon or a race of demons?
Rakshasas
Ushas
Mahisha
Asuras
Apart from Ushas, who is the goddess of the dawn, all the other options are considered to be demonic
4.
Which is considered to be the most important incarnation of Lord Vishnu?
Varaha
Matsya
Krishna
Narasimha
Krishna is considered to be the most important incarnation of Lord Vishnu as the Srimad Bhagwat Gita was recited by Krishna to Arjuna
5.
Which of these is not a part of the Hindu Trinity?
Brahma
Vritra
Shiva
Vishnu
The Hindu Trinity is formed by Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva - the three primary Hindu gods
6.
Yama is seen as the god who decides who goes to Hell. However, what is Hell called in Hinduism?
Hades
Jehannam
Tartarus
Naraka
Naraka is the term which is used in the Hindu shashtras to define Hell
7.
In Hindu myth, many of the goddesses are seen as aspects of which 'great goddess'?
Parvati
Durga
Mahadevi
Sita
Parvati, the second consort of Lord Shiva, is considered to be the perpetual source of energy
8.
Who is widely recognised as the 1st incarnation of Vishnu?
Matsya
Rama
Krishna
Kalki
The Bhagwat Puran tells us about the various incarnations of Lord Vishnu
9.
In Hinduism, who are seen as the first man and first woman?
Kardam and Prasuti
Rama and Sita
Manu and Shatrupa
Adam and Eve
Manu and Shatrupa are considered to be the first man and woman
10.
Which goddess is Krishna's beloved?
Sita
Durga
Lakshmi
Radha
Radha was born in an adjacent village to Krishna and the two grew up together

 

Author:  Siddarth Bhattacharjee

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