Happy Dusshera Navratri Durga Puja Quiz
India is a land of colorful festivals, celebrated among different parts of the country with great energy and enthusiasm. The festive season is around the corner.
The festive spirit begins with Navratri. In these nine days, people revel in the spiritual divinity and invoke the blessings of Maa Durga. The tenth day of Navratri, culminates in Dusshera, signifying the victory of good over evil.
It’s time to reconnect with our culture through the informative quiz given below. Sail through the ancient era and uncover the covered.
Test your knowledge and once again brush up on the long-forgotten facts in a fun way. Dive in and enjoy! Happy quizzing!
This is a timed quiz. You will be given 600 seconds to answer all questions. Are you ready?
Out of the gods listed below, which god is present in the Chala (backdrop against which the idols of the god are placed), along with Durga Ma, on the occasion of Durga Pooja?
Lord Ganesh is present in the Chala along with Durga Ma, on the occasion of Durga Pooja. Though there are other gods present, the image of Lord Shiva is placed above Durga Ma. The other gods include Saraswathi Ma and Karthikey on the left and Lord Ganesh, his two wives, and Ma Lakshmi on the right. The whole structure makes the Chala.
One of the following dance forms is performed with an incense burner, during Durga Puja. Which is that dance form?
Dhunuchi is the famous dance form performed during Durga Puja. It is a devotional dance performed as a gesture of thanksgiving to Ma Durga. The dancers hold clay pots called Dhunuchi, filled with coconut husks, and topped with burning charcoal and powdered incense.
Unbeknownst to you, there is a specific scripture associated with Navratri. Which is that scripture?
The scripture associated with Navratri is Devi Mahatmya. The scripture describes the story of the victory of Ma Durga over Mahishasur. It is also called 'Devi Path' or 'Devi Saptashati'.
Can you name the powerful weapon that was used by Lord Rama to kill Ravana in the final battle that took place in Lanka?
In the final battle that took place in Lanka, Lord Rama used the divine weapon, Brahmastra, to kill Ravana. As recorded in the Hindu scriptures, Brahmastra was one of the deadliest weapons, capable of defeating all beings and destroying the planet.
During Navratri, each day is dedicated to one form of Navdurga. To which form of Navdurga is the first day of Navratri dedicated?
Shailaputri Maa is worshipped on the first day of Navratri. She is the representative of the Muladhara Chakra, also called the root chakra. She is the daughter of Himavat, who was the king of the Himalayas. She is known to be a form of Parvati.
Durga Pooja is celebrated for fifteen days and is called Dashain in one of the countries listed below. Which is the correct option?
Durga Puja is called Dashain in Nepal. The victory of good over evil is symbolized by it. The fifteen days long celebrations make it the longest festival in the country. All the government and non-government offices remain closed during Dashain in Nepal.
The three eyes of Maa Durga are representative of fire, earth, and water. Choose the correct option.
It is false. The three eyes of Ma Durga represent Moon, Sun, and Fire. The left eye is representative of Chandra- the Moon (desire), whereas the right eye represents Surya-The Sun (action). The center eye represents Agni- fire (knowledge).
During Navratri, Rajputs worship something else along with warrior Durga Maa. What is the other thing that they worship along with Ma Durga?
During Navratri, Rajputs worship horses and swords along with Ma Durga. This is an age-old tradition in the Rajput community. But with changing times it has decreased.
Ghatsthapana is one of the rituals performed during Navratri. On which day of Navratri is it observed?
Ghatsthapana is observed on the first day of Navratri. The ritual of Ghatsthapana involves placing the pot filled with holy water and then barley seeds are sown in it. The seeds grow into yellow grass which is called jamara. This ritual is also called Kalash Sthapana.
What is Gof Gunthan associated with, during Navratri?
Gof Gunthan is a traditional dance form. It is the Navratri Garba dance performed during Sharad Navratri. It is a variation of the popular dance form Dandiya Ras. This dance form is customary in Kanbi and Koli communities in Saurashtra.
On the last day of Durga Puja, Vijayadashami, a famous ritual is performed. Which is that ritual?
Sindoor Khela is the famous ritual performed on the last day of Durga Puja, Vijay Dashami. Women first offer the vermillion and sweets to the Goddess and then smear it on the sculpture idols and on one another. It is observed as a mark of farewell to the Goddess Durga before immersion.
Pushpanjali is a famous ritual that takes place during Durga Pooja. On which day of Pooja does the ritual of Pushpanjali occur?
Durga Ashtami is considered significant and the most auspicious day to perform the Pushpanjali ritual during Durga Puja. During the ritual, Pushpanjali Mantras are chanted and fresh flowers are offered to Goddess Durga. However, Pushpanjali is performed on all the days of Navratri.
In one of the states of India, the festival of Dusshera is celebrated with a grand parade of elephants. Which state are we talking about?
In Mysore, a prominent city of Karnataka, Dusshera is celebrated with a grand parade of elephants. The elephant leading the procession carries the Golden Howdah, which has Goddess Chamundeshwari in it. The Golden Howdah is made of gold and weighs approximately 750 kilograms.
Which puja is performed by the Indian Armed Forces and Police across the country on Vijaya Dashami?
This festival occurs on the 10th day of Shukla Paksha of Ashwin, which takes place in September or October. During the Navratri festival, 'Shastra Puja' is celebrated by the Police, the Indian Armed Forces And Para Military Forces across the country. The celebration of the annihilation of Mahishasura by Goddess Durga symbolizes the victory of good over evil.
When does Dusshera fall on the Hindu calendar?
Dusshera is celebrated in the seventh month of the Hindu calendar, Ashwin. The tenth day of Ashwin month is celebrated as Dusshera. It usually falls in September or late October.
‘Bomakollu’ is a special ritual that involves the arrangement of toys and dolls during Navratri. In which state is this ritual observed?
‘Bomakollu’ is observed in Tamil Nadu and a few parts of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Kerela. So, the correct option is Tamil Nadu. The ritual signifies the spiritual progression of human beings.
As mentioned in Ramayana, which pooja did Lord Rama perform to win over the demon king Ravana?
According to Ramayana, Lord Rama performed Chandi-Puja/Durga Puja to win over the demon king Ravana. By performing the puja, he invoked Durga Ma, Goddess of Shakti, to bless him and grant victory.
The first day of Durga Pooja is known by a specific name. What is it called?
Mahalaya is the first day of Durga Pooja. It indicates the arrival of the goddess. It is believed that Mahishasur was killed on this day and Ma Durga commenced her journey from Kailash to Earth.
A famous temple of Maa Durga is also called the Monkey Temple. Where is this temple located?
Durga Kund Temple or Durga Temple, is also called Monkey Temple, is located in Varanasi. As a result of the presence of a large number of monkeys has led to this name. One of the temple's unique features lies in the fact that the idol of Ma Durga is not man-made. It is believed that it appeared on its own. The temple was constructed by a Bengali Maharani in the 18th century.
Mahishasurmardini Cave has a beautiful depiction of Ma Durga slaying Mahishasur. Where in Tamil Nadu can we find this cave?
The famous Mahishasurmardini Cave Temple is located in Mahabalipuram, which is also called Mamallapuram. It is a small village in the south of Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu.
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