Sunday, March 25

Mahabharata (A Contest)


This will be the very first time I’ll run a contest. I do not anticipate much participation but I’ve kept my fingers crossed.

The Contest:

It’s called ‘Being Yudhishtir’ Contest (based on Mahabharata mythology).

Yudhishtir was known for his intelligence, wisdom and for speaking truth. This contest is named after the Pandava to find a blogger with good knowledge about Mahabharata and felicitate his/her familiarity on the subject.

About the Award:

If you’ve seen Mahabharata A-Z and can time travel back to 90’s era when Mahabharata was shown on Doordarshan, you stand a chance to win this contest by answering 10 questions I ask in this blog from the epic. You may take Google’s help if you think you are not sure about the answers. Winner gets this Badge:
AWARD

There are no rules defined to participate in this contest. At least 5 answers should be correct to be a winner.
You can even ask your mom/dad or search online for answers.

Plus, one may find something interesting and worth sharing with children, friends from this questionnaire.

These are my 10 questions from Mahabharata:

1.       What led to Abhimanyu’s death inside Chakravyuh?

2.       Why did Lord Krishna laugh when Bheema’s son Ghatotkch died while fighting against the Kauravas?

3.       What was the main reason for Mahabharata to take place? Was it greed or was it something else?

4.       Why doors of heaven opened for a dog but Yudhishtir was shown the way to hell?

5.       Which important character from Mahabharata met one of the main character’s from Ramayana? And, what was its significance in Mahabharata?

6.       What was the curse given to karna which led to his death?

7.       Duryodhana was blessed to be immortal. Who gave him this power and what led to his death?

8.       How many brothers did Duryodhana had?

9.       Who was Karna’s foster mother?

10.   Who was the only warrior who had power to beat Arjun but was never made to fight Mahabharata?

Last date for submission: 10th April 2012.

Winners will be informed either by comments or by mails.

P.S: Thank you Bikram Veer Ji for the format/template and the design to run this contest. i stole it from your blog :-)

P.P.S: As this is the first time i am doing something like this, i need your inputs as to how can i improve in creating better contests in future !

22 comments:

  1. 1. I think he knew how to enter the chakarvyuh but did not know how to come out of it ..

    2.

    3. The main reason I think was That duryodhan thought it was his right to be on the throne, being the eldest son. that led to all the problems.

    4.

    5. was it hanuman.

    6.

    7. It was his mother who gave that boon to him. He wore some clothing as it would have been disgraceful to come in front of his mother naked.. Thats how he died as the reast of this body was untouchable and only his thighs were left out.

    8. 100

    9. he was found by a charioteer Adhiratha and his forter mum was Radha.

    10.

    I did not google the only answers i knew ..

    No idea a about the answers to questions i missed , will pick them up though as others respond

    All the best to everyone who participate ..
    Bikram's

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    1. that was a very nice and honest attempt Veer Ji...apologies for replying so late to the post !

      regards
      rahul

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  2. I know the answers to some questions, but the others are difficult.

    1. He did not know how to break the Chakravyuh/get out of it. He learned the art of entering the chakravyuh when he was in the womb of his mother, as Arjuna explained it to her. But his mother slept when Arjuna explained how to get out of it.
    PS: Arjuna could have taught this to him later on (after he was born no)? :)

    2. Karna used his powerful weapon against Ghatothkaj, and he could use it only once. So, Arjuna was spared from death.

    3. Shakuni and Krishna were the main reason for Mahabharat to take place.

    4. To test his character and righteousness, as he and other brothers had broken all rules in the war.

    5. Hanuman. Hanuman's image was carried in a flag in Arjuna's chariot which gave a lot of power to the Pandavas. He also strengthened Bhima.

    6. His guru cursed him that he will not be able to use his important weapon and he will be helpless during the most important stage of the war.

    7. I think it was his mother (when she opened her eyes). But since he was wearing a cloth around his thigh, that region alone was vulnerable.

    8. 99?

    9. His (foster) father was a charioteer, but no idea about his mother.

    10. Don't know.

    Destination Infinity

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    1. hey DI, most of the answers are correct..you stand strong in line to be the winner :D

      will be posting the answers and the winners name soon!

      rahul

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  3. i knew all the answers but now i cannot remember anything other than may be one or two. will come back later to check the answers. damn, i read Mahabharata so many times before it was aired on DD.

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    1. no issues Deb...

      soon you'll get answers to all the questions asked in my upcoming post...and it'll be a good memory rewind/recap for you :P

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  4. Hi Rahul,

    Where are you and what are you doing...?


    Regards,
    Amit Chourasia

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    1. hello Amit,

      main acha huun...aap kaise ho...filhaal main Pune mein hoon...bahut jald aapko call karunga

      regards
      rahul

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  5. hey very interesting contest and i was about to say i want to participate and win when i saw that Rajesh (Destination) has already answered everything correctly

    how do u decide the winner? only one or multiple? lottery system?

    novel idea

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    1. Sujatha,

      i was waiting for you to post few answers to the questions asked...the contest closed today so you had lot of time to answer but nevermind i'll keep coming up with such posts on regular basis !

      thanks for dropping by!

      regards
      rahul

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  6. Well, I don't know all the answer and seems like someone did write all. But I think Karan was the person and guru took his thumb as gurudakshina and he could use bow and arrow. (10th). Please write all the correct answers, we are honest people and will never go to Google God.

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    1. lol ...

      Saru, wish you were in Pune, i would have given you the entire dvd collection of Mahabharata to watch because you really need to know a lot about the epic :P

      hey it was Eklavya's thumb that guru took as gurudakshna not Karan's :P

      regards
      rahul

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  7. 2. he laughed as he knew he has saved Krishna from Karna

    4. Because he did not stand for right and did soe wrong things in the war and otherwise too.

    6. D.I. said it he would be left helpless as he will have to use the one weapon to kill someone else rather than Arjun, which would have changed the course of the war for sure. had arjun died.

    8. I am cheating sorry .. yes he had 99 brothers in total 100 My maths does not work :)

    10. Still searching :)
    Bikram's

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    1. 2. lol lol lol...

      good attempt once again Veer ji...very soon will post the answers !

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  8. Rahul, here's my list of answers:

    1. What led to Abhimanyu’s death inside Chakravyuh?
    Ans: Draupadi slept while learning the entire lesson from Arjun about entering & breaking the Chakarvyuh. She did hear how to enter, but slept when it was about breaking it. Abhimanya was in his mother's womb at that moment.

    2. Why did Lord Krishna laugh when Bheema’s son Ghatotkch died while fighting against the Kauravas?
    Ans: Yes, Duryodhan did use the migty weapon that could have proved highly fatal against Pandavas.

    3. What was the main reason for Mahabharata to take place? Was it greed or was it something else?
    It was Bhisham Pitamah. Like his father, he did not allow time to effect him as was seen by his will to decide when to die and defy nature even if it meant to continue to grow old. Duryodhana/Shakuni etc were all seeds of his wrong decisions/characters.

    4. Why doors of heaven opened for a dog but Yudhishtir was shown the way to hell?
    Yudhisthar chose Hell for the kind of person he has been throughout his life. After all his brothers' died, he had no option left but to allow poor Dog to go to heaven and himself to hell...he CHOSE it...

    5. Which important character from Mahabharata met one of the main character’s from Ramayana? And, what was its significance in Mahabharata?
    Hanuman met Bhima. The only reason to meet Bhima was to make him realize that with Power comes great responsibility. Bhima started considering himself to big to fall and became very proud of his strength. To break his over-confidence and to keep him at ground so that he can practice more to fight against Duryodhana, Hanuman had to come in Mahabhartha.

    6. What was the curse given to karna which led to his death?
    His Rishi, who was surprised to see his strength when bitten by crab, cursed him that he'll not be able to use any of his powers given/teaching's learnt when desired the most during war.

    7. Duryodhana was blessed to be immortal. Who gave him this power and what led to his death?
    Gandhari gave him the power to be immortal by blessing him with her vision throughout his body, which she had stored within for entire life. The reason for his death was Krishan, who advised him not to go fully naked in front of a mother who is going to see you after a long period of time. He asked Duryodhana to cover his personal parts/thigh areas.

    8. How many brothers did Duryodhana had?
    99

    9. Who was Karna’s foster mother?
    Dhobin

    10. Who was the only warrior who had power to beat Arjun but was never made to fight Mahabharata?
    Eklavya. H couldn't fight because he wasn't a Kshatriya with unknown family origins and was asked to give away his thumb for learning Dhanush vidya from Arjun's Guru without permission.

    Rahul, you know how much Ramayan & Mahabhartha we've seen since we were kids....

    Great work anyways and would like to see more n more such initiatives...really liked it and njoyed answering....

    Great work and all the best....

    Raghav

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    1. wooooah....

      i was so very much expecting a comment from you on this contest and i knew if you answer these questions, we will already have a winner but thank god i chose to have multiple winners to give others a chance too .. kidding :D

      hey very well done Raghav....your almost all the answers are correct

      rahul

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  9. Very interesting initiative Rahul, brilliant concept! Very Well Done! The questions gave some brushing up to my memory and I enjoyed reading the answers to them given above. I knew some of them but the rest were new knowledge to me.

    (Question 10)Barbarik had the power to kill Arjuna. Lord Krishna, sensing this, tricked him by taking his test. Barbarik lost the test and as decided, had to give his head away. In this manner, though he watched the whole war from a distance, Barbarik never actually participated in the war.

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    1. thanks Arti for liking the concept..it was all inspired from Bikram's Blog...

      hey question 10 answer, that was something new to me..never heard of Barbarik but will find out about it and hope to report a correct answer soon !

      rahul

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  10. Interesting question in past i wrote 2 articles regarding Mahabharata

    Know About The Mahabharata Few Important Facts:

    http://realityviews.blogspot.in/2009/04/know-about-mahabharat-few-important.html

    Epic Mahabharata - Do you think Yudhishtra the husband of Draupadi was a Dharmaraj or Most Righteous Person?

    http://realityviews.blogspot.in/2010/11/epic-mahabharata-do-you-think.html

    About subscription problem let me know. thanks

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    1. will go through the posts soon sm..

      yes subscription thing is back on track now .. thanks !

      thanks for liking the post !

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  11. soon will publish the list of winners and correct answers on the blog Saru :-)

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