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India Quiz Finals - Mythology Round

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1.What is common among Ashwatthama, Hanuman, Parashurama, Kripacharya, Vibheeshana, and Bali (the king of the underworld)?

2. What is the significance of this story in Indian mythology:

A king used to rule in the city of Dharmpur in South India. Once he was attacked and killed by another king. His queen and young princess ran away into forest and being tired, sat beside a tree. Another king and his son were crossing the forest, when the king said, 'I see the footprints of two women, I'll take one and you take the other.' When they reached the place where the two were sitting, the king chose the young princess and the prince took the queen.

3. There were three important able-bodied warriors in the Mahabharata who did not attend the battle of Mahabharata. One was Balaram, who considered both sides equally lovable, and went to pilgrimage, returning only to see the duel between Duryodhana and Bheema. The second was Sanjay, who described the tale to Dhritarashtra. The third was excluded because of his pride. Who was he?

4.What event of the Mahabharata is depicted in the painting?

5. Complete the series: 
_______ & ________
Hiranyakashipu & Hiranyaksha; 
Ravana & Kumbhakarna; 
Jarasandh & Shishupal.

6. In the story of Nala and Damayanti, Nala, having been defeated in dice and exiled by his cousin leaves Damayanti in the jungle and goes away to serve in the court of King Rituparna of Ayodhya disguised as Bahuka. One day, he hears that Damayanti is going to be remarried the next day. He offers King Rituparna to take him to the Swayamvara.. On their way to the city, they teach each other two arts, and reach their destination in time, where Nala is reunited with his wife and children. What were the two arts?

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