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1.Jean Baptiste Travernier wrote in 1650 about the 3 methods in which this was done. In Gujarat, Agra and Delhi, it happens in a 12 ft by 12 ft hut made of reeds and faggots. In the Coromandel it was done in a large hole of 9 ft depth. In Bengal it was carried out in the open on the banks of the Ganges. What is he describing?

2. Which Indian word used to denote a death anniversary is taken from Arabic where it means a wedding?

3. Mahamasthakabhisheka (holy bath wetting the statue from head to toe.) is a ceremony which takes place once every 12 to 14 years. 1008 Kalasha (small copper vessels) are filled with scented water, sugarcane juice, tender coconut juice, ghee, curd, milk and are poured over the statue. According to the Jain religion these Masthakabhishekas are to be held in the daylight. At Shravanbelgola, the statue of Bahubali is bathed only in the morning. For what reason?

4. Raja Nabakrishna Deb in 1756 at Shova Bazar Rajabari to celebrate Clive's victory in the Battle of Plassey did what?

5. Which tree, native to Africa, was brought to India by the Arabs and derives its name from Arabic for ‘date of India’?

6. Which musical instrument  carved from a block of teak and covered with a skin belly , carries eight main strings - four melody strings, two drone strings, and two chikari strings and does not have fixed markings for various notes, and is played by assumption or anuman ?

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