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A Quiz on Adi Shankaracharya – Quiz based on Life, Writings and Teachings of Adi Shankaracharya

This Adi Shankaracharya quiz is based on the life, writings and teachings of Adi Shankaracharya. The aim of the quiz is to help the reader learn more about Adi
Shankara and also do personal research of one of the greatest saints of Hinduism.
The quiz is not in any order. Some questions are easy. Some might need bit research. You will also need to read the questions carefully before answering.
If you find any discrepancies in the quiz you can write to me or post it in the comment section.

The quiz is embedded below:

Mother Goddess Represents Which among Five Elements in Panchayatana form of Worship

Panchayatana form of worship introduced by Adi Shankaracharya has assigned one element to one of the five deities in Hinduism. Mother Goddess (Shakti or Devi or Bhagavati) is the embodiment of Agni Mahabhuta (fire) among the five elements. The five elements are ether/space, air, fire, water and earth. The five deities in Panchayatana form of worship are Vishnu, Mother Goddess, Ganesha, Surya and Shiva.

In this concept, the five deities are worshipped in the form of sacred stones found in five holy rivers.
Mother Goddess, the embodiment of Agni Mahabhuta, is worshipped in the form of swarnamukhi stone or rekha shila found in Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh.

Hanuman is Worshipped in Human Form at Harni Hanuman Temple in Vadodara

Hanuman is generally worshipped in Vanara form – with the face of a monkey. But at the famous Harni Hanuman Temple in Vadodara, Hanuman has the face of a man with moustache, beard and other human facial features. This unique murti or idol of Hanuman in the temple is due to the blessing of Bhagavan Sri Ram.

Hanuman defeated demon king Hirankashpu at Harni. He saved many saints and innocent devotees through this divine act.
When Hanuman performed this divine act, Bhagavan Sri Ram appeared there and blessed him that he will slowly shed his Vanara form and appear with a human face. For this miracle to happen, Bhagavan Sri Ram asked devotees to perform pujas and prayers daily.
As a result of daily pujas and prayers, Hanuman worshipped in Harni Hanuman Temple has human facial features.

Hanumanchatti Temple – Hanuman Chatti Mandir in Uttarakhand

Sant Bhura Bhagat Jayanti

Sant Bhura Bhagat Jayanti celebrates the birth anniversary of Sant Bhura Bhagat, the founder of the Katiya Samaj. Sant Bhura Bhagat Jayanti 2018 date is April 23. His Jayanti is observed on the Shukla Ashtami day or eighth day during waxing phase of moon in Vaishakh month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India.

He exhorted people to come out of the narrow confinements of caste, creed, religion and nationality and to understand the one Supreme Truth. He asked people to realize that the Supreme Truth is everywhere including in them.

Akhil Bharatiya Katiya Samaj organizes numerous programs on the day including satsang, community feeding etc.

Hate produces hate whereas love transforms hate into love – Swami Sivananda

Hate produces hate whereas love transforms hate into love. There is a vast difference of earth and sky between conquering by power and conquering by love. The two are opposed to each other. The former is like a poison whereas the latter is like a divine nectar and extends its benefits to both. While the one temporarily brings the enemy to one’s knees, the other permanently subdues him forever. Love is God and God is Love. Love and Love alone can transform.
Dreams are created by the Lord as fruition of the minor works of the Jiva. In order to reward the soul for very minor Karmas, the Lord creates the dreams. The Universal Soul is the creator of dreams and not the individual soul; for, had it been possible for the latter to shape his dreams, he would never have dreamt a bad dream, but would always have dreamt only propitious ones.
 – Swami Sivananda