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Question: Duryodhana and Arjuna both approached Krishna for help before the war began. Arjuna asked for Krishna himself to aid him. What did Duryodhana ask for?
Correct Answer Before the war, Duryodhana and Arjuna came to Krishna to ask for help. Duryodhana came first, but saw that Krishna was asleep. He sat down on a couch near Krishna's head. Arjuna arrived and, seeing Krishna asleep, remained standing at Krishna's feet. When Krishna awoke he saw Arjuna first and greeted him. Then Duryodhana said that he had come before Arjuna and said that he wanted Krishna's help in the war. But Krishna said that he had seen Arjuna first and thus Arjuna had the right to ask first. Arjuna asked for Krishna himself to aid him in the war and that left the huge Narayani Sena for Duryodhana, who accepted it gladly.
Question: How many pairs of twins do we come across in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata put together?
Correct Answer In the Ramayana, Rama's brothers, Lakshmana and Shatrughna, and Rama's sons, Luva and Kusha, are twins. In the Mahabharata, the youngest of the Pandava brothers, Nakula and Sahadeva are also twins. It was also pointed out to me that Nala and Neela, the Vanara builders of note were also twins, appearing in the Mahabharata.
Question: Two places, which now lie outside the borders of India are mentioned, one each in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. One is Sri Lanka, as the island kingdom of Lanka, ruled by Ravana, the main villain in the Ramayana. Which city outside what is now India, is the other?
Correct Answer Kandahar is mentioned in the Mahabharata as Gandhara, which is the hometown of Gandhari, wife of Dhritarastra and mother to the Kaurava princes, and her brother Shakuni, who is the ultimate cause for the kinslaying Mahabharata war.
Question: Which of the great epics was written by Veda Vyasa, with the help of Ganesha, Shiva's son?
Correct Answer It is said that Vyasa got the idea for a grand saga, and wanted it written down for the benefit of future generations. However, the endeavour being so vast and difficult, and Vyasa's temper being so irascible, it was a task few would dare undertake. So in despair, Vyasa prayed to Bramha and asked him to suggest one who would capable of such a task. Bramha thought long and hard, and came up with Ganesha's name. Vyasa then prayed to Ganesha, who manifested before him and agreed to take on the task, provided Vyasa fulfil one condition; to never stop once he started dictating, or else he would stop writing and be gone. To this Vyasa agreed and also posed a counter-condition; that Ganesha would only write down what he understood. So it began, Vyasa being left breathless with Ganesha's speed and intelligence, and Ganesha, often perplexed at Vyasa's high flown language and complex analogies, yet the Mahabharata was written.
Correct Answer Mandodari was the beautiful daughter of Maya, the king of giants and his elfin wife Hema. She is portrayed as the most devout and righteous wife of Ravana. She tries to dissuade Ravana from abducting Sita, but Ravana does not heed her advice.
Correct Answer Indrajit was to perform one yagnyan (offering to God) called Nikumbhila, which would make him invincible. Vibheeshana, the youngest brother of Ravana, gets to know this and tells Rama that this yagnyan should not be allowed be completed, otherwise, defeating Indrajit and Ravana would be impossible. Lakshmana goes and kills Indrajit with a special weapon. On hearing the death of his son, Ravana sends a special weapon called Ashtaghanta, which knocks Lakshmana unconcious, which makes everybody think that Lakshmana is dead.
Question: Who were entrusted the responsibility of building the bridge to Lanka?
Correct Answer The brothers Nala and Neela were given the responsibility of building the bridge, as they had a boon that rocks thrown by them into water will float. So all the vanara sena would fetch rocks and give them to Nala and Neela, who would in turn, throw them into water. Interestingly, there is a chain of islands linking India and SriLanka, called the Adam's Bridge. It is claimed by some that this chain of islands is the bridge built by the vanara sena. Vishwakarma is the diety of architecture and engineering.
Question: When Rama and company go in search of Sita, Hanuman crosses an ocean to reach Lanka, the kingdom of Ravana, in one giant leap. However, before taking the giant leap, Hanuman was unaware of his own capabilities. Who informs Hanuman that he is indeed capable of jumping over the ocean?
Correct Answer Jambavanta the bear, is the other immortal character (chiranjeev) in the epic, apart from Hanuman. He tells Hanuman that Hanuman can indeed jump over the ocean and reach Lanka.
Question: Who informs Rama first that Ravana has abducted Sita and taken her to Lanka?
Correct Answer Jatayu was a large eagle (falcon) and was the younger son of Arun, who is the charioteer of Sun. Sampathi was the elder brother of Jatayu. While Ravana was abducting Sita, Jatayu fought a fierce battle with Ravana to save Sita. Ravana Cut off Jatayu's wings in the battle. Rama, while searching Sita, comes across Jatayu, who informs him that Ravana had abducted Sita and taken her to Lanka.
Question: While abducting Sita, Ravana takes help of this demon. What is the demon's name?
Correct Answer Mareecha was actually defeated by Rama once before and was afraid of Rama. However, Ravana persuades him to take the form of a golden deer. Sita, on seeing the golden deer, asks Rama to catch it. Rama goes after it and kills Mareecha, who, while dying mimics Rama's voice and screams "save me Lakshmana". On hearing this, Sita gets agitated and sends Lakshmana to help his brother. Then Ravana comes and abducts Sita in the absence of both Rama and Lakshmana. Surpanakha is another demon whose nose and ears are cut off by Lakshmana. Kumbhakarna is a brother of Ravana. Bakasura is a demon in Mahabharata.