General Knowledge for August 13th, 2013

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As per the Prithviraja-Raso legend, the four Rajput Clans which emerged from Agni-Kunda (Fire Altar) of Mount Abu are__?

As per the Prithviraja-Raso, the four Rajput Clans which emerged from Agni-Kunda (Fire Altar) of Mount Abu are__?
[A] Pratiharas, Chauhans, Gahadavalas, Kalachuris
[B] Paramaras, Chandelas, Chauhans, Chalukyas
[C] Chauhans, Kalachuris, Chandelas, Pratiharas
[D] Pratiharas, Chauhans, Chalukyas, Parmaras

Pratiharas, Chauhans, Chalukyas, Parmaras

Explanation

Agni-kunda story was first given in Nava-sahasanka-charita of Padmagupta. There are several versions of this theory and one of them was of Chandbardai in his book ‘Prithviraj Raso’. According to this theory the forefathers of Rajputs were born from the holy fire burnt on the Abu Mountains.The four clans founded by four Heroes were Pratiharas, Chauhans, Chalukyas, Parmaras

From the times of which among the following Chola rulers, the Gangaikondacholapuram became the capital of the Chola empire?

From the times of which among the following Chola rulers, the Gangaikondacholapuram became the capital of the Chola empire?
[A] Parantaka Chola I
[B] Rajendra Chola I
[C] Kulottunga Chola I
[D] Vikrama Chola

Rajendra I

Explanation

Gangaikondacholapuram was constructed by Rajendra Chola I to commemorate his conquest over the chalukyas and other feudatories Kalonga, Gangas, Palas etc .These victories led him to assume the title Gangaikonda.

One of the incarnations of Vishnu is represented in art as raising the Earth from the Ocean. Identify Him from the given options:

One of the incarnations of Vishnu is represented in art as raising the Earth from the Ocean. Identify Him from the given options:
[A] Kurma
[B] Varaha
[C] Matsya
[D] Nrisingha

Varaha

Explanation

Varaha Avatar, the third incarnation among the 10 Dashavatara of Lord Vishnu, is in the form of a Boar. In his third incarnation, Lord Vishnu as Varaha saved the earth from demon Hiranyaksha, thus saving the mankind.

In context with the Mahayana Buddhism faith, the future Buddha is ___?

In context with the Mahayana Buddhism faith, the future Buddha is ___?
[A] Krakuchanda
[B] Amitabha
[C] Maitreya
[D] Kanak Muni

Maitreya

Explanation

Maitreya is a future Buddha. . According to scriptures, Maitreya will be a successor of the historic Sakyamuni Buddha, who in the Buddhist tradition is to appear on Earth, achieve complete enlightenment, and teach the pure dharma.

Santhara is a religious ritual related to ___?

Santhara is a religious ritual related to ___?
[A] Jain
[B] Saiva
[C] Sakta
[D] Vaishnava

Jain

Explanation

Santhara: is the Jain religious ritual of voluntary death by fasting.

Adya Dhara niradhara, niralamba Saraswati, thus lamented a poet at the demise of which among the following Kings?

Adya Dhara niradhara, niralamba Saraswati, thus lamented a poet at the demise of which among the following Kings?
[A] Chahmana Visaladeva
[B] Chandela Kirtivarma
[C] Mihira Bhoja
[D] Bhoja Paramara

Bhoja Paramara

Explanation

Raja Bhoja Of Dhar was a philosopher king and polymath of medieval India. He was from the Paramara dynasty of Arya, who ruled the kingdom of Malwa in Centra India from about 1010 to 1060. On his demise, a poet lamented “Adya Dhara niradhara, niralamba Saraswati Panditah khanditah sarve Bhojraje divam gate”. This means that Saraswati is now helpless, ll learned people have scattered, because the support of Dhara (Kingdom) Raja Bhoj has gone”.

Which among the following two dynasties of the Northern India confronted with the Rashtrakutas?

Which among the following two dynasties of the Northern India confronted with the Rashtrakutas?
[A] The Pratiharas and the Paramaras
[B] The Palas and the Chandelas
[C] The Pratiharas and the Palas
[D] The Chalukyas and the Chahamanas

The Pratiharas and the Palas

Explanation

North Indian Dynasties : Towards the close of the 8th century AD, there were three great powers in India – the Palas in the east, the Gurjar-Pratiharas in the north and the Rashtrakutas in the deccan. The tripartite struggle for the supremacy among the Palas, Partiharas and the Rashtrakutas was the desire to possess the city of Kannauj ,which was then a symbol of sovereignty.

The rulers of which among the following dynasties called themselves “Brahma-Kshatriay” ?

The rulers of which among the following dynasties called themselves “Brahma-Kshatriay” ?
[A] Palas
[B] Senas
[C] Pratiharas
[D] Chahamanas

Senas

Explanation

Senas Dynasty : The dynasty’s founder was Hemanta Sen. It was a Hindu dynasty that ruled from Bengal through the 11th and 12th centuries.

Which of the following pairs is not correctly matched ?Nagananda ↔Harsha Mudrarakshasa↔Visakhadatta

Which of the following pairs is not correctly matched ?
[A] Nagananda ↔Harsha
[B] Mudrarakshasa↔Visakhadatta
[C] Mrichchhakatika ↔Sudraka
[D] Ratnavali ↔Rajasekhara

Ratnavali .Rajasekhara

Explanation

»Mricchakatika, is a ten-act Sanskrit drama written by Sudraka.
»Nagananda is one of the best Sanskrit dramas in five acts dealing with the popular story of Jimutavahana’s self-sacrifice to save the Nagas, written by king Harsha(Vardhana Dynasty).
»The Mudrarakshasa (“The Signet of the Minister”) is a historical play in Sanskrit by Vishakhadatta that narrates the ascent of the king Chandragupta Maurya to power in Northern India.
»Ratnavali is a Sanskrit drama about a beautiful princess named Ratnavali, and a great king named Udayana,written by Indian emperor Harsha(Vardhana dynasty).

Who among the following was a lady Alvar Saint?

Who among the following was a lady Alvar Saint?
[A] Andal
[B] Madhura Kavi
[C] Perumal
[D] Tirupan

Andal

Explanation

Andal was a 10th century Tamil poet who is revered as a saint in the southern parts of India, the only woman Alvar (saint) of Vaishnavism (a cult devoted to Lord Vishnu).