Mahabharata Quiz: How Well Do You Know The Mahabharata

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Take the interesting Mahabharata quiz to see ow well do you know the epic Mahabharata. Thanks for your interest in this Mahabharata Quiz- The Very Beginning. Mahabharata is the longest written epic ever. It is one of the most-read stories around the world. This quiz comprises 20 questions framed based on the characters and events that mark the beginning of The Mahabharata. Try to answer all the questions correctly. Good luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Sage Veda Vyasa was another incarnation of Lord Vishnu. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Sage Veda Vyasa being another incarnation of Lord Vishnu implies that he is believed to be a manifestation of Lord Vishnu in Hindu mythology. This suggests that the statement is true, as it aligns with the religious belief that Lord Vishnu has taken multiple avatars or incarnations throughout history.

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  • 2. 

    Who was Kamsa's biological father?

    • A.

      Surasena

    • B.

      Ugrasena

    • C.

      Bhishma

    • D.

      Drumila

    Correct Answer
    D. Drumila
    Explanation
    Drumila is mentioned as the biological father of Kamsa in Hindu mythology. Contrary to the widely held belief that Kamsa is the offspring of Queen Padmavati and King Ugrasena of Mathura, the Bhagavad Purana and various other Puranas present a different narrative, indicating that King Ugrasena is not the biological father of Kamsa. He was a king and a Yadava prince. He is infamous for his attempts to kill his nephew, Lord Krishna, as he feared a prophecy that predicted his death at Krishna's hands. Drumila's role as Kamsa's father is an important aspect of the story and explains the familial relationship between Kamsa and Krishna.

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  • 3. 

    Who taught Kunti the mantras that helped her beget children by invoking the blessings of the Devas? 

    • A.

      Sage Kashyapa

    • B.

      Sage Vasishtar

    • C.

      Sage Durvasa

    • D.

      Sage Kanva

    Correct Answer
    C. Sage Durvasa
    Explanation
    Kunti was taught the mantras by Sage Durvasa. Sage Durvasa was known for his hot temper and unpredictable nature. Kunti served him with devotion and impressed him, so he granted her the boon of invoking any Devas she desired through his mantras. This allowed her to beget children from the Devas, resulting in the births of Karna, Yudhishthira, Bhima, and Arjuna.

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  • 4. 

    How many sons did Satyavati have?

    • A.

      1

    • B.

      2

    • C.

      4

    • D.

      5

    Correct Answer
    B. 2
    Explanation
    Satyavati, a character from the Indian epic Mahabharata, had two sons named Chitrangada and Vichitravirya.Chitrangada: He was the elder son of Satyavati and Shantanu. Chitrangada succeeded his father as the king of Hastinapura but died young in a battle with a Gandharva.Vichitravirya: After the death of Chitrangada, Vichitravirya, the younger son, became the king. However, he also died prematurely without producing an heir.The absence of a direct heir led to the subsequent events in the Mahabharata, including the birth of Dhritarashtra, Pandu, and Vidura through unusual circumstances, shaping the epic's narrative.

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  • 5. 

    What was Bhishma's real name?

    • A.

      Devadutta

    • B.

      Devavrata

    • C.

      Devadut

    • D.

      None of these

    Correct Answer
    B. Devavrata
    Explanation
    Bhishma's original name was Devavrata. He was the eighth son of King Shantanu and Queen Ganga in the Mahabharata, an ancient Indian epic. His mother Ganga took him away after his birth and raised him, eventually returning him to his father. His name "Devavrata" signifies his devotion ("bhakti") to the gods ("devas"). Later, he earned the name "Bhishma," which means "the terrible" or "one who has taken a terrible oath." Bhishma swore an oath of celibacy, lifelong service, and loyalty to the throne of Hastinapura, which played a crucial role in the events of the Mahabharata.

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  • 6. 

    Which of the following women in The Mahabharata was also known as Vasavi?

    • A.

      Ganga

    • B.

      Satyavati

    • C.

      Kunti

    • D.

      Ambika

    Correct Answer
    B. Satyavati
    Explanation
    Satyavati is the correct answer because she was also known as Vasavi in The Mahabharata. Satyavati was the mother of Vyasa, the sage who played a crucial role in the epic. She was also the grandmother of the Pandavas and the Kauravas. Satyavati was given the name Vasavi because she was born on an island called Vasavi, and she later became the queen of Hastinapur through her marriage to King Shantanu.

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  • 7. 

    Who is Shakuntala's biological father?

    • A.

      Durvasa

    • B.

      Vishwamitrar

    • C.

      Vasishtar

    • D.

      Kanva

    Correct Answer
    B. Vishwamitrar
    Explanation
    Vishwamitrar is the correct answer because he is mentioned in Hindu mythology as the biological father of Shakuntala. According to the story, Shakuntala is the daughter of Menaka, who was sent by the gods to distract Vishwamitrar from his meditation. They fall in love and Shakuntala is born as a result of their union. Therefore, Vishwamitrar is Shakuntala's biological father.

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  • 8. 

    Bhishma had a boon that let him choose when he must die. Who granted him this boon?

    • A.

      Devendran

    • B.

      Shantanu

    • C.

      Lord Shiva

    • D.

      Lord Krishna

    Correct Answer
    B. Shantanu
    Explanation
    In the Mahabharata, Bhishma received the boon of choosing the time of his death from his father, King Shantanu. The story goes that Shantanu fell in love with Ganga, who later became his wife. However, Ganga had a condition that Shantanu should never question or interfere in her actions. Ganga, in turn, had to raise their sons, but due to various circumstances, she ended their lives. When Ganga was about to drown their eighth son, Devavrata (who later became Bhishma), Shantanu could not bear to lose another child. He questioned Ganga's actions, breaking his promise. Ganga then revealed her divine identity and took Devavrata away, promising Shantanu that he would not have to suffer the pain of losing another son. As a result of this incident, Devavrata, out of his love for his father, made a vow of lifelong celibacy (Bhishma Pratigna) and unconditional service to the throne of Hastinapura. In return for this sacrifice, Shantanu granted him the boon to choose the time of his death, giving Bhishma control over when he would leave his mortal coil. This boon allowed Bhishma to remain alive until the end of the great war, the Kurukshetra War, where he played a crucial role.

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  • 9. 

    Which among the following was the capital city of the Kuru dynasty of kings?

    • A.

      Amaravati

    • B.

      Hastinapuram

    • C.

      Ayodhya

    • D.

      Sagala

    Correct Answer
    B. Hastinapuram
    Explanation
    Hastinapuram was the capital city of the Kuru dynasty of kings. The Kuru dynasty was an ancient Indian dynasty that ruled the region of modern-day Haryana and Delhi. Hastinapuram is mentioned in various ancient texts, including the Mahabharata, as the capital city of the Kuru kingdom. It was an important political and cultural center during the time of the Kuru dynasty, and many significant events of the Mahabharata took place there.

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  • 10. 

    Who succeeded in stopping Janamejayan from destroying all the serpents in the world? 

    • A.

      Brihaspati

    • B.

      Asteekan

    • C.

      Lord Krishna

    • D.

      Indra

    Correct Answer
    B. Asteekan
    Explanation
    In the Mahabharata, Janamejaya, the son of Maharaja Parikshit, performed a snake sacrifice (sarpa satra) with the intention of annihilating all the serpents. This sacrificial ritual was prompted by the death of his father, who had been bitten by a serpent. Janamejaya sought revenge by attempting to exterminate all the snakes in the world. During this sacrificial ceremony, a sage named Astika intervened. Astika was the son of Jaratkaru and the nephew of Vasuki, the king of serpents. Being knowledgeable about the scriptures, Astika knew the power of the sacrifice and its potential consequences. He approached Janamejaya and requested him to stop the ritual, explaining the importance of maintaining the ecological balance and preserving all living beings. Impressed by Astika's wisdom and understanding, Janamejaya granted him a boon. Astika used this boon to ensure the safety of the serpents, thus preventing their mass destruction. This intervention by Astika showcased the significance of wisdom, compassion, and the preservation of all life forms in the Hindu mythology depicted in the Mahabharata.

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  • 11. 

    Who sent the Brahma Astra into Uttara's womb when she was pregnant with Abhimanyu's child? 

    • A.

      Duryodhana

    • B.

      Keechakan

    • C.

      Aswatthama

    • D.

      Karana

    Correct Answer
    C. Aswatthama
    Explanation
    In the Mahabharata, after the Kurukshetra War, Aswatthama, who was furious and grief-stricken over the death of his father Dronacharya and the Kaurava warriors, sought revenge. He directed the Brahmastra, a powerful celestial weapon, towards the womb of Uttara, the wife of Abhimanyu and the daughter-in-law of Arjuna. Uttara was pregnant with Abhimanyu's posthumous child, who would later be named Parikshit. To protect the unborn child, Lord Krishna intervened. He entered Uttara's womb and saved the child from the destructive power of the Brahmastra. Due to Krishna's divine intervention, Parikshit was unharmed, and he later became a significant figure in the Mahabharata, eventually succeeding Yudhishthira as the king of Hastinapura.a

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  • 12. 

    Who was Satyavati's father? 

    • A.

      Kashyapa

    • B.

      Vishwamitrar

    • C.

      Sameekar

    • D.

      Uparichara Vasu

    Correct Answer
    D. Uparichara Vasu
    Explanation
    Satyavati's father was Uparichara Vasu. Uparichara Vasu was a king and the ruler of Chedi. He played a significant role in the Mahabharata as the father of Satyavati, who later became the queen and mother of Bhishma. Uparichara Vasu's lineage and family connections are notable aspects within the larger narrative of the Mahabharata.

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  • 13. 

    Which of the following statements is true?

    • A.

      Vyshampayanar narrated The Mahabharata to Parikshit.

    • B.

      Vyshampayanar narrated The Mahabharata to Janamejayan.

    • C.

      Sage Veda Vyasa narrated The Mahabharata to Parikshit.

    • D.

      Sage Veda Vyasa narrated The Mahabharata Janamejayan.

    Correct Answer
    D. Sage Veda Vyasa narrated The Mahabharata Janamejayan.
    Explanation
    In the Mahabharata, Sage Veda Vyasa is credited with composing and narrating the epic to Janamejaya, the son of Maharaja Parikshit. The narrative unfolds as a dialogue between Veda Vyasa and Janamejaya, with the sage recounting the events leading up to the great war of Kurukshetra, the war itself, and its aftermath. The epic is structured as a conversation within the framework of a storytelling tradition, and Vyasa's role as the narrator ensures the preservation and transmission of the Mahabharata's rich tapestry of stories, teachings, and moral lessons.

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  • 14. 

    Who cursed Parikshit that he would die bitten by a snake? 

    • A.

      Shringi

    • B.

      Shameekar

    • C.

      Both

    • D.

      None

    Correct Answer
    A. Shringi
    Explanation
    Parikshit was cursed by Shringi, the son of Sage Shamika, that he would die bitten by a snake. This curse was a consequence of an incident where King Parikshit had placed a dead snake around the neck of Sage Shamika during his meditation. In retaliation, Shringi, the son of Shamika, cursed Parikshit with the specific fate of being bitten by the snake Takshaka. This curse played a significant role in the later events of the Mahabharata, leading to Parikshit's encounter with Takshaka and his eventual death.

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  • 15. 

    Who was Vasudevar's sister? 

    • A.

      Yashoda

    • B.

      Kunti

    • C.

      Revati

    • D.

      Madri

    Correct Answer
    B. Kunti
    Explanation
    Vasudevar's sister was Kunti.

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  • 16. 

    Who among the following was re-born as Shikhandi to slay Bhishma? 

    • A.

      Amba

    • B.

      Ambika

    • C.

      Ambalika

    • D.

      None of these

    Correct Answer
    A. Amba
    Explanation
    In the Mahabharata, Amba was a princess who was rejected by Bhishma and sought revenge. She performed a penance to Lord Shiva and was granted a boon to be the cause of Bhishma's death. However, she was reborn as Shikhandi, a male warrior, and played a crucial role in Bhishma's death during the Kurukshetra war. Therefore, the correct answer is Amba.

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  • 17. 

    What does "Bhishma" mean?

    • A.

      One who stayed unmarried

    • B.

      One who took a deadly vow

    • C.

      One who has mastered the Vedas

    • D.

      One who has mastered archery

    Correct Answer
    B. One who took a deadly vow
    Explanation
    The name "Bhishma" refers to someone who took a deadly vow. This is derived from the character Bhishma in the Hindu epic Mahabharata, who took a vow of lifelong celibacy and loyalty to his father's throne, which led to his name being associated with this meaning.

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