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Chalukya and Pallava Dynasties General Knowledge Questions

1.

By whom Pallava King Mahendravarman-I got defeated?
[A]Pulakesin II
[B]Vikramaditya II
[C]Yajnavarman
[D]Pulakesin I

Pulakesin II
The Pallava King Mahendravarman I got defeated by the Chalukya King Pulakesin II. Though, Narasimhavarman I (the son of Mahendravarman I) took the revenge of his father from Pulakesin II by defeating and killing him in the Battle of Vatapi in 642 AD and captured the Chalukyan capital, Vatapi. Thus, he assumed the title of ‘Vatapikonda’ (Conqueror of Vatapi).

2.

Who was the author of Dashkumarcharitam and at whose court did he live?
[A]Dandin, Nandivarman II
[B]Bharavi, Nandivarman II
[C]Appar, Dandivarman I
[D]Bharavi, Narsimhavarman I

Dandin, Nandivarman II
Dashkumarcharitam was composed by Dandin, who was a Sanskrit author of prose romances and expounder on poetics in the 6th-7th century. Both Bharavi and Dandin, the authors of Kiratarjuniyam and Dasakumarcharitam respectively, lived in the Pallava court.

3.

The famous Konark Sun temple was built by whom?
[A]Narshimhadeva I
[B]Angabhima deva I
[C]Konkanivarman
[D]Narsimhavarman II

Narshimhadeva I
The 13th-century famous Konark Sun temple was built by King Narshimhadeva I (of the Eastern Ganga dynasty) at Konark, Odisha around AD1250.

4.

Who was the founder of Ganga dynasty?
[A]Konkanivarman
[B]Narshimhadeva I
[C]Narsimhavarman II
[D]Vikramaditya II

Konkanivarman
Konkanivarman was the founder of Ganga dynasty. He was known as Dharmamahadhiraja.

5.

The Kadamba dynasty was founded by whom?
[A]Konkanivarman
[B]Kirtisarman
[C]Mayurasharma
[D]Yajnavarman

Mayurasharma
The Kadamba dynasty was founded by Mayurasharma in 345 AD. It was an ancient royal dynasty of Karnataka that ruled northern Karnataka and the Konkan from their capital Banavasi ( at present that place is a Uttara Kannada district).

6.

Which among the following chalukyan king performed ‘Ashwamedha yajna’ ?
[A]Pulakesin I
[B]Pulakesin II
[C]Vishnuvardhan
[D]Kirtivarman I

Pulikesin I
Pulakesin I, the chalukya king, performed Ashwamedha Yajna (horse sacrifice ceremony) to access power.

7.

Which among the following Pallava king wrote the famous burlesque ‘Mattavilasa Prahasana’ ?
[A]Mahendravarman I
[B]Narsimhavarman
[C]Narsimhavarman II
[D]Paramesvar Varman

Mahendravarman I
The versatile Pallava ruler and great scholar Mahendravarman I wrote the famous burlesque Mattavilasa Prahasana (the Sport of Drunkards). It is a short one-act Sanskrit play.

8.

Dashkumarcharitam was composed by whom?
[A]Bharavi
[B]Dandin
[C]Varahmihira
[D]Kalidas

Dandin
Dashkumarcharitam was composed by Dandin, who was a Sanskrit author of prose romances and expounder on poetics in the 6th-7th century. The book, Dashkumarcharitam is a prose romance in Sanskrit that describes the adventures of ten young men, the Kumaras, all of whom are either princes or sons of royal ministers, as narrated by the men themselves.

9.

Who among the following was the author of Kiratarjuniya?
[A]Bharavi
[B]Dandin
[C]Varahmihira
[D]Kalidasa

Bharavi
Bharavi, a 6th century Sanskrit poet , was the author of Kiratarjuniya (“Arjuna and the Mountain Man”).

10.

Who among the following Pallava ruler built Vaikuntaperumal temple at Kanchi ?
[A]Nandivarman II
[B]Aparajita
[C]Mahendrvarman I
[D]Vikramaditta II

Nandivarman II
Vaikunta Perumal Temple was built by Pallava King Nandivarman-II in the 8th century, he was a worshipper of Lord Vishnu.

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