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The Basics of Hinduism
The Hindu god Ganesha - son of Lord Shiva and Parvati.

The Basics of Hinduism

Hinduism is so diverse that the basics are spread over thousands of texts and these depict a vast series of events that unfolded over a long course of time. The religious texts of Hindus encompass a very large corpus. The most important are the four Vedas called Rig-Veda, Sâma-Veda , Yajus-Veda and Atharva-Veda. These focus on rituals, while the Upanishads and Puranas throw light on mythological accounts, spiritual insight and philosophical teachings.

In addition to these, there are a many other classical texts (shastras) preaching the Hindu philosophy, as well as the major epics - the Mahâbhârata and the Râmâyana.

1.
Who gave Pashupatastra to Arjuna?
Lord Brahma
Lord Shiva
Lord Vishnu
Lord Krishna
Pashupatastra was gifted to Arjuna by Shiva after Arjuna prayed to him for a long period of time. Pinaka is also a weapon of Shiva
2.
In the Kurukshetra war, Krishna was the charioteer of which great warrior?
Bhima
Arjuna
Karna
Drona
Krishna played a vital role in leading the Pandavas to victory and with his bravery he saved Arjuna from various dangers he faced in battle with Karna
3.
Ravana was the king of a place that was probably which present day country?
Sri Lanka
Australia
India
USA
Ravana was an asura who resided in Lanka. He took away Sita from Rama only to be defeated by Rama later
4.
Which of these is a holy book of Hinduism?
The Bible
The Quran
The Upanishads
The Shrimad Bhagavad Gita
Bhagavad Gita means "Song of the Lords" and is Krishna's teachings to Arjuna
5.
Ganesha has a face that symbolizes which animal?
An elephant
A horse
A cat
A mouse
Ganesha is the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Muruka is also a child of Shiva and Parvati
6.
According to Hinduism, who is the king of gods?
Shiva
Indra
Brahma
Vishnu
Indra is the god of thunder and uses Vajrayudha as his weapon
7.
Who is the eldest son of Kunti?
Yudhisthira
Bhima
Karna
Arjuna
Karna is the son of Surya and Kunti. Yudhisthira is their second son, followed by Bhima and Arjuna
8.
Who among the following belongs to the "Trimurtis"?
Indra
Surya
Narada
Shiva
Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are together known as "Trimurtis". Brahma is the creator, Shiva the destroyer and Vishnu the protector
9.
Who is the mother of the youngest Pandava?
Kunthi
Mandodari
Madri
Gandhari
Madri is the sister of Shalya, the wife of King Pandu and the mother of Nakula and Sahadeva
10.
Who is the Hindu goddess of knowledge?
Lakshmi
Shakuntala
Parvathi
Saraswati
Saraswati is the wife of Brahma and sits above a lotus. Lakshmi is the wife of Vishnu
Author:  Siddarth Bhattacharjee

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