Friday, November 18, 2016

Ancient and Medieval Indian Coins

#DharmaQuiz Session 369: 18-Nov-2016

#DharmaQuiz 2236: This was a gold coin from 14th century south India. King in the pose of Hanuman. Which empire? Ans: Vijayanagara Empire, Bukka Raya I, Gold pagoda, 1344-1377.
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Fastest three answers: @viveksurat, Telugutalli and @Aks9009Pa

#DharmaQuiz 2237: This is a golden coin from 800+ years ago in North India. A foreign invader continued the Goddess Lakshmi coins. Who? Ans: The coin is an issue of Muhammad bin Sam, more generally known as Muhammad of Ghor.
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Fastest three answers: @viveksurat,  ‏@simuntweets and @VedantIndia

#DharmaQuiz 2238: These are 1500 year old coins from a mighty empire that ruled most of Indian subcontinent then. Which dynasty?
Ans: Gupta dynasty.
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Fastest three answers: @Telugutalli @viveksurat and @vermaaakash10

#DharmaQuiz 2239: Silver coin having "Jagadamba Prasanna" was minted to commemorate coronation of a great Indian King of 17th century. Who?
Ans: Chhatrapati Shivaji.
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Fastest three answers: @ShefVaidya, @rohit24r and ‏@viveksurat.

#DharmaQuiz 2240: Hanuman image one paisa coin from central India. 1888 CE (1945 VS). Name that princely state of British India.
Ans: Ratlam
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Fastest three answers: @viveksurat, @simuntweets and @ImpatientMonk 

Have a good weekend!

Sacred Rivers and Temples

#DharmaQuiz Session 368: 15-Sep-2016

#DharmaQuiz 2231: Which is the longest parikrama of a river in India (walking completely around a river from start to sea)? Hint: 2600+KM
Answer: Narmada river. One of the world's most challenging walks.
Fastest 3 answers: @reply_err @jp_surat @nimeshchandra

#DharmaQuiz 2232: On which south flowing river's bank is this magnificent temple?
Ans: Hoogly.
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Fastest 3 answers: @ethicalman3, @gandabherunda and @supratimp

#DharmaQuiz 2233: Sangameswarar temple is at the sangam of Kaveri and Bhavani rivers. Name the third (mystic) river. Ans: Amutha also known as Agaya Ganga or Akasha Ganga.

DQ 2233. Pic from Wiki
Fastest 3 answers: @DVHeroor, @DrShobha and @siddhupalled

#DharmaQuiz 2234: This is a gorgeous Shri Rama temple on the banks of a mighty Indian river. Which river? Ans: Godavari river. Bhadrachalam, Telangana.

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Fastest 3 answers: @Vandebharathi, @sobandevarajan and @Sravan

#DharmaQuiz 2235: This is a cave temple for Lord Shiva in Punjab. From Mahabharata era. Next to which river? Ans: Ravi river, Mukteshwar Mahadev temple near Pathankot.
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Fastest 3 answers: @DVHeroor, @sooriks and @DrShobha

Thanks for participating!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Famous Ganesha Temples in India

#DharmaQuiz Session 367: 6-Sep-2016

#DharmaQuiz 2226: 18 feet high and 16 feet wide. ~460 years old majestic Ganesha in Bengaluru. Who got it carved?
DQ 2226. Pic:
Ans: Kempe Gowda.
Fastest 3 correct answers: @iamshreyakool, @ChaitanyaAdvait and @man8shree.

#DharmaQuiz 2227: Which year was the famous Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati temple in Pune completed?

DQ 2227: Pic:
Ans: Year 1893.
Fastest 3 correct answers:  ‏@man8shree, @ChaitanyaAdvait and @SuprithVantimar

#DharmaQuiz 2228: This 350+ year old Manakula Vinayagar temple survived both British and French destruction attempts. Where is it?

Ans: Puducherry
Fastest 3 correct answers: @RajaramMusings, @gnswamy74, @darshanbirur

#DharmaQuiz 2229: This famous Ganesh temple is at 6500 ft above sea, in the Himalayas. In which state?
DQ 2229. Pic:

Ans: Sikkim.
Fastest 3 correct answers: @DonaldSingha, @psxyz and @ChaitanyaAdvait.

#DharmaQuiz 2230: This Trinetra Ganesh temple overlooks a National Park that is very famous for its tigers. Where?
DQ 2230. Pic from dnaindia
Ans: Ranthambore national park or Sawai Madhopur village, Rajasthan
Fastest 3 correct answers:  ‏@delhi_lawyer, @man8shree and @ChaitanyaAdvait 

Thanks for participating!
Happy Ganesha Chaturthi, 2016.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Famous Sanskrit Quotes

#DharmaQuiz Session 366: 2-Sep-2016

#DharmaQuiz 2221: The famous Vedantic line "Brahma satyam, jagat mithya" is from Viveka Chudamani. Who wrote this 580 verse Sanskrit poem? 

Ans: Adi Shankara
Fastest 3 correct answers: @destinationsrik, @dhpavan and @sridhar_savitha

#DharmaQuiz 2222: The very famous promise of Shri Krishna, "Dharma samsthapanarthaya, sambhavami yuge yuge" - is from which chapter of Gita? 

Ans: "Jnana Karma Sanyasa Yoga". 
Fastest 3 correct answers: @AbleArcher7, @iAjKP and @_toxfire

#DharmaQuiz 2223: Bankim Chandra's "Sasya Shyamalam mataram, Vande Mataram" was first sung on a political stage (Congress) in 1896. By whom? 

Ans: Rabindra Nath Tagore.
Fastest 3 correct answers: @AbleArcher7, @dhpavan and @_toxfire

#DharmaQuiz 2224: The famous Suprabhata lines - "Kausalya Supraja Rama", was sung in Ramayana by which famous Guru, to young sleeping Rama? 

Ans: Vishwamitra.
Fastest 3 correct answers: @_toxfire, @iAjKP and @sridhar_savitha

{Final} #DharmaQuiz 2225: The Rig Vedic aphorism "Bahujana sukhaya bahujana hitaya cha" was suggested by a famous Guru 2500 years back. Who? 

Ans: Gautama Buddha.
Fastest 3 correct answers: @iAjKP, @_toxfire and @db_is_db

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


#DharmaQuiz Session 365: 5-Jul-2016

#DharmaQuiz 2216: Agamas are the collection of scriptures of several Hindu devotional schools. How many Shaiva Agamas are there? Ans: 28.

#DharmaQuiz 2217: Generally, Tantra refers to a particular school of Agamas. Are they: a) Shaiva b) Vaishnava or, c) Shakta ?  Ans: Shakta.

#DharmaQuiz 2218: This is a beautiful Vaishnava temple built as per Agama Shastra. Where is it? Ans: Bhadrachalam, Telangana.
DQ 2218. Pic from Blogspot
#DharmaQuiz 2219: Each Agama consists of 4 parts. Jnana pada, Yoga pada, Kriya pada and Charya pada. Which of these guide temple building? Ans: Kriya Pada.

{Final,open till 9 PM}: #DharmaQuiz 2220: Name any one Shaiva Agama. Ans:
Any of these 28 ->

Scores for session 365:
Could not collect. Sorry.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Temples in India that are more than 1000 years old

#DharmaQuiz Session 364: 7-June-2016

#DharmaQuiz 2211: Where is this 1300 year stone temple? A grand yearly dance festival is conducted there now.
DQ 2211: Pic - wiki
Ans: Mahabalipuram or Mammalapuram, Tamil Nadu.

#DharmaQuiz 2212: This Hindu temple is at a height of 11,755 ft above sea level. At least 1200 year old. Name it.
DQ 2212: Pic - Wiki
Ans: Kedarnath Shiva temple, Uttarakhand.

#DharmaQuiz 2213: There is a 2000 year old Brahma temple (rebuilt in 14th century) on this lake bank. Name the lake.
DQ 2213 - Pic 1. From
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Ans: Pushkar lake, Rajasthan.

#DharmaQuiz 2214: This is a fabulous 1200 to 1400 year old Hindu + Jain temple complex in 4 caves. Where is it?
DQ 2214. Pic:
Ans: Badami, Karnataka.

{Final,open till 10 PM}: #DharmaQuiz 2215: This is a 1000 year old temple complex for Harihara. 180 ft tall main temple! Name it.
DQ 2215. Pic: Wiki
Ans: Lingaraj temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

Scores were not finalized properly tonight. Will do properly during the next quiz. Thanks for the great response today!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Famous Gurus in South India

#DharmaQuiz Session 363: 10-May-2016

#DharmaQuiz 2206: "Punarapi jananam punarapi maranam, Punarapi janani jatare sayanam" - This great summary of rebirth is from which song? Ans: Bhaja Govindam of Adi Shankara.

#DharmaQuiz 2207: This temple complex at the sangama of Krishna and Malaprabha rivers, holds the samadhi of a great Guru. Who? Ans: Basaveshwara.

DQ 2207. Pic: Wiki

#DharmaQuiz 2208: This Narasimha temple overlooks a famous temple town made famous by Ramanujacharya. Name the town. Ans: Melukote.
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#DharmaQuiz 2209: This is a special Shiva temple in Thrissur, Keralam, consecrated by a very famous Guru. Name him. Ans: Narayana Guru. 

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{Final,open till 10 PM}: #DharmaQuiz 2210: This is Nanak Jhira, linked with Guru Nanak in South India. Which city? Ans: Bidar, Karnataka.
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Scores for session 363:
  1. @DrShobha : 5
  2. @TheArvindDhar : 5
  3. @man8shree : 5
  1. @veena_ps : 4
  2. @jasshu7 : 4
  3. @Subbu_kalkuni : 4
  1. @rnviva : 3
  2. @VinayMysuru : 3
  3. @sambharadwaja : 3
  4. @charuandguru : 3
  1. @malllige : 2
  2. @mrsnrao : 2
  1. @shettysuhasa : 1
  2. ‏@karthyke : 1
  3. @Vnand01 : 1
  4. @thebomanirani : 1
  5. ‏@snithin123 : 1
  6. @veenabv : 1
  7. ‏@Lalitalaxmibhat : 1
  8. @Vijaya76002908 : 1
  9. @Susri1210 : 1
  10. @Srianuragh : 1
  11. @nvshandilya : 1
  12. @shreyasms : 1
  13. ‏@tejoprakash : 1
  14. @PawanG4u : 1
  15. ‏@anand_rva : 1
  16. @kapilwajapey : 1
  17. @bhovegora : 1
  18. @agneepankh : 1
  19. @sonigroup : 1
  20. @rmanii : 1
  21. @ramesh_katte : 1
  22. @tarasundar : 1
  23. @pai_rajesh : 1
  24. @Sreenikethan_JS : 1
  25. @girishalva : 1
  26. ‏@chander1 : 1
  27. @tweetRada : 1
  28. @usheelvant : 1
  29. @San_Kustagi : 1
  30. @SManjeshwar : 1
  31. @Shivayogi_ms : 1
Om Shri Gurubhyo namah!