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Dussehra | Vijayadashmi - Festivals of India - Quiz

1. Dussehra is a Hindu festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil. By what other name(s) it is also known?

Vijaya Dashami
All of the above
2. Vijayadashami is a major Hindu festival celebrated at the end of Navaratri every year. It is observed on Shukla Paksha Dashami during which month as per Hindu lunar calendar?
3. The first nine days are celebrated as Maha Navratri or _________________ and culminates on the tenth day as Dussehra.
Shardiya Navratri
Chaitra Navratri
Magha Gupt Navratri
Asadha Gupt Navratri
4. Vijayadashami is observed for different reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of the Indian subcontinent. In the southern, eastern, northeastern, and some northern states of India, Vijayadashami marks the end of Durga Puja, remembering goddess Durga's victory over the buffalo demon ____________to restore and protect dharma.
5. In the northern, central and western states of India, the Vijayadashami festival is synonymously called Dussehra (also spelled Dasara, Dashahara) and is celebrated for Lord Ram’s victory over the ten-headed demon king Ravan. Prior to Dussehra, enactment of Prabhu Ram's life and how Lord Ram killed the demon-king, Ravan and rescued his wife Mata Sita is played at various places. What is the enactment called?
Katha Manchan
6. After Dasara, the hot summer ends, especially in North India. The onset of cold weather is believed to encourage infections. The burning of the effigies, filled with firecrackers containing phosphorus, supposedly purifies the atmosphere, while the temples perform Chandi Homa or Durga Homa, with the same intent. During the celebration of Dussehra, huge effigies of Ravan, his giant brother ___________ and son Meghnath are burnt. This signifies the triumph of good over evil.
7. Diwali the festival of lights is celebrated after how many days of Dussehra?
Tewnty Five
8. Vijayadashmi is celebrated in various ways in different parts of South India. It is seen as a day to express gratitude to everything that brings success in life. Celebrations can take many forms, ranging from worshipping the goddess Chamundeshwari (Durga) to exhibiting colorful toys-, celebrated as _________ in Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu from Navratri onwards.
9. In Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand and western Bihar, it is tradition to plant __________ seeds in earthen pots on the first day of Navratri. On the day of Dasara, the nine-day-old sprouts (called Noratras or Nortas or of Navratris or nine nights) are used as symbols of luck. Men place them in their caps or behind their ears.
10. Vijayadashmi is also the auspicious day for starting the formal education. Students keep their books and workers their tools for puja on the ninth day of Navratri; these are taken back and used after puja on the tenth day (Vijayadashmi). What is this Puja called?
Durga Puja
Maa Pujan and Ram Pujan
Saraswathi Puja(Books) and Ayudha Puja(Tools/Weapons)
Saraswathi Puja(Books) and Brahma Puja(Tools/Weapons)

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