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Ancient India Trivia

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1. TheIndian epic that celebrates Dharma






2. A book of hymns that explains the importance of Brahmins and many otherIndian creation stories - etc.






3. A greeting meaning 'the divine in me recognizes the divine in you.'






4. Was a prince born in the Shakya Clan who saw The Four Sights and began to seek enlightenment. Chose to go into exile and practiced Asceticism - but later started his own religion.






5. Is where Megasthenes was from.






6. Started the Mauryan Empire.In order to gain control - he overthrew Seleucid.






7. Took the throne during 273 B.C.E and was Bindusara's son. He ruled over the Mauryan Empire and had the main focus of religion and completing his Dharma. He ruled with morality and practiced Buddhism.






8. The ... were Buddha's teachings on how to attain enlightenment and nirvana - through disregarding all desires.






9. The culture that formed in the remains of Harappa after the civilization was over.






10. Is the most famous story in the Mahabharata. It is also known as - 'The Song of the Lord'.






11. The extended word for Jana that warriors called themselves when they settled in the Ganga Valleys.






12. The word for survival - importance - and wealth - was known as ...






13. Was the preserver of the universe who created the universe under Brahma's order. He gave Dasharatha rice pudding which allowed his wives to bear children.






14. Also known as - 'Song of the Lord'. It is the most renowned section in the Mahabharata and illustrated the concept of Dharma (duty) ad was added into the Mahabharata at a later time. The conversation between Arjuna and Krishna.






15. One of the oldest continuous cities from the Gangetic plain that formed when the Aryans mixed culture with those already living there was called ...






16. The maid - ... - urged Kakeyi to have Rama banished.






17. The ... was the war that took place between the Mauryans and the Kalinga Tribe. The Mauryans won - however - Ashoka later returned their land.






18. (literal definition: To sit near) - A collection of Ascetic teachings






19. Was one of the more powerful inIndia - around the 16th century.






20. Was Siddhartha Gautama's charioteer.






21. A Pandava Prince who is known for his might and for being the middle brother. He was in the dilemma of killing his family or killing himself. He took advice from his chariot driver - without knowing it as Krishna.






22. The capital that Rama ruled over was called ...






23. Was the Brahman advisor of Chandragupta who helped him organize and army and drive the Macedonians away.






24. Is the term for - 'Great'






25. The ... were doing your Dharma - having Artha and Kama - and most importantly - achieving Moksha.






26. Was Rama's half brother who took the throne when Rama was banished.






27. Term for renouncing the worldly life






28. Was the Brahman advisor of Chandragupta who helped him organize and army and drive the Macedonians away.






29. Regular tradesmen - farmers - craftsmen - etc. who were represented by Purusha's legs.






30. Thought that there was one main god who was seen in the form of many other gods and goddess. Started Hinduism inIndia.






31. The age where the Vedas took place and were used almost as cultural guidelines for everyday life.






32. The king who is recognized inIndian epics. He was the firstIndian King and ruled over Manwantara. However - the first 6 kings may have also gone by this name. (this is unclear to historians) He was led by a fish who he saved to the Himalaya Mountains






33. Is the cycle that everyone goes through (death and rebirth)






34. AnIndian figure that Brahmins claimed to have comprised the world. Also represented the Aryan Caste System.






35. Were the texts on dharma - which were made by Brahmin Scholars.






36. Also known has the Buddha. Known for saying he was awake - to imply that he was merely aware of what went on around him. Started the Religion of Buddhism.






37. The book explaining how one could get pleasure (kama) was called ...






38. The king who is recognized inIndian epics. He was the firstIndian King and ruled over Manwantara. However - the first 6 kings may have also gone by this name. (this is unclear to historians) He was led by a fish who he saved to the Himalaya Mountains






39. A book of hymns that explains the importance of Brahmins and many otherIndian creation stories - etc.






40. Other name for the sage - Krishna






41. A ... is a sage






42. Great (Aryan) cheifs






43. Devotion (also can be a form of Yoga)






44. Was Rama's father who died when he was forced to complete his dharma by banishing Rama.






45. The first kingdom ofIndia/State ofIndia where the 16 kingdoms developed.






46. Term for: Breathe






47. Also known has the Buddha. Known for saying he was awake - to imply that he was merely aware of what went on around him. Started the Religion of Buddhism.






48. Was the prince of evil who tempted Siddhartha Gautama while he was meditating.






49. Were the visions the Buddha saw of an old man - a sick man - and a dead man. These sights inspired him to seek enlightenment.






50. Were the people who did not believe in enjoying life - and got inner peace by finding a greater reality than their own.