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Ancient Indian History General Knowledge Questions

This section has multiple choice questions on ancient Indian History useful for preparation of ancient history, culture and heritage of India for 2015, 2016 competition examinations.

1.

Who among the following was propounder of the Madhyamika Philosophy?
[A]Bhadrabahu
[B]Parshwanath
[C]Sheelbhadra
[D]Nagarjuna

Nagarjuna
Nagarjuna (ca. 2nd or 3rd century) was a patriarch of Mahayana and the founder of Madhyamika School.

2.

Which of the following Rigvedic deities represented Storm?
[A]Indra
[B]Maruts
[C]Varun
[D]Apas

Maruts
Aryans, The Vedic Age – Religion : They personified force of nature and worshipped them as Vayu (air), Maruts (storm), Indra (rain), Varuna (water), Surya (sun), Agni (fire), Prithvi (earth), Aranyani (forest) etc.

3.

The place Dharanikota in South India is related to which ancient dynasty?
[A]Chola
[B]Satavahana
[C]Pandya
[D]Chera

Satavahana
Dharanikota is a town near Amaravati in the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh in India, It is the site of the ancient Dhanyakataka which was the capital of the Satavahana kingdom which ruled in the Deccan around the 1st to 3rd centuries A.D.

4.

Pushkalavati was capital of which of the following acient Kingdoms?
[A]Gandhara
[B]Kosal
[C]Magadha
[D]Kashi

Gandhara
Pushkalavati was capital of ancient Kingdom of Gandhara. Its ruins are currently located in Charsadda, Pakistan, located in Peshawar valley in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (formerly NWFP). Pushkalavati was home of the Sanskrit grammarian Panini.

5.

“_____________is believed to mark the main site of Hastinapur, which was capital of Kauravas and Pandava The imperial gazetteer of India quotes about which of the following places?
[A]Delhi
[B]Ghaziabad
[C]Meerut
[D]Faridabad

Meerut

6.

“Revere all the Buddhas, revere the dharma, revere the sangha” Which among the following quotes this _________?
[A]Allahabad Pillar Inscription
[B]Asoka Edict XII
[C]Asoka Edict X
[D]Mathura Lion capital

Mathura Lion capital

7.

What was the capital of Surasena Mahajanpada?
[A]Viratnagar
[B]Mathura
[C]Taxila
[D]Kashi

Mathura

8.

In which of the following Russo-Persian wars Russia was defeated?
[A]first
[B]second
[C]third
[D]none

none
There was a series of 4 Russo-Persian wars in 1722-23, 1796, 1804, 1826-28 and all of the Russia was victorious.

9.

World’s first oil paintings have been found in which of the following countries?
[A]India
[B]Pakistan
[C]Afghanistan
[D]Iran

Afghanistan, Bamiyan caves

10.

Begram in Afghanistan was a capital of which of the following kings?
[A]Kanishka
[B]Asoka
[C]Chandragupta Maurya
[D]Samudragupta

Kanishka

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