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1.Asaf Jah I was a disciple of a sufi saint called Hazrat Nizamuddin Qutb-e-Deccan. According to a legend he once paid a visit to the saint while he was eating and the Saint invited him to join. Asaf Jah ate seven Kulchas and was asked to have another but he replied in negative. The Hazrat then predicted: "You and your descendents will rule over the deccan for seven generations." History shows that the prophecy of the saint indeed came true with the end of Asafia Dynasty with Mir Osman Ali Khan, the seventh nizam of Hyderabad. But what did Asaf Jah do to immortalize this event?

2. The third city of Delhi - Tughlaqabad was built by Ghiyas-uddin Tughlaq and its construction involved a legendary quarrel with the Sufi saint Nizam-ud-din Auliya. Tughlaq took away the workers that Nizam-ud-din was using to build his shrine, and the saint cursed the king that his city will be inhabited only by shepherds (it is true today). In revenge, the king marched upon the saint to teach him a lesson. Nizam-ud-din calmly told his followers not to worry with two words and his saying turned out to be prophetic. The king was murdered on his way from Delhi in 1325. What words did the saint use to calm down his followers?

3. The Lakheras of Madhya Pradesh work only with a certain type of material because they believe that it was a result of a wicked curse to their ancestors. They live in Jabalpur, Chindwara and Betul and are bangle makers by trade. Which material?

4. When Ram was in exile ("banvaas") with Sita and Laxman, the local woman cast aspersions on Sita for living with two men. Sita in return cursed the women that they will have multiple husbands. Which place (according to one of the versions) gets its name from this?

5. Legend has it Ajatashatru disguised himself as a soldier of an enemy nation (Vaishali) to find their means of defence against his empire Magadha. He was wounded by a soldier of his own army because of his disguise and taken care of by a courtesan in Vaishali (Amrapali) with whom he fell in love. He managed to find Vaishali's means of defense and escaped to his own country to lead a campaign against Vaishali, which he won. But then he converted to Buddhism, and in this way became the first king to embrace the religion. What was the reason for his conversion?

6.The temple is named after the daughter of a Pandyan king who, according to legend, was born with three breasts. At the time of the birth, the king was told that the extra breast would disappear, when she met the man she was supposed to marry, and this happened when she met Lord Shiva on Mount Kailas. Shiva arrived later, in the form of Lord Sundereswara, and married her. What temple?

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