Take a quiz on Hindu Rituals

Is your knowledge about Hinduism and Hindu rituals is as good as you think it is? Take this simple five minute quiz to find out.

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1. Yajna (fire-oblation) can only be performed during a marriage ceremony? Yes/No

 
 

2. Hindus in ancient time used to carry Ganga water with them for drinking when travelling overseas? Yes/No

 
 

3. Kumbhmela held at the confluence of Ganga and Yamuna rivers is attended by a hand full of people? Yes/No

 
 

4. Darshan of a Hindu God is an act of devotee seeing the Lord as well as Lord seeing the devotee? Yes/No

 
 

5. An aarti can be done to multiple Gods at the same time? Yes/No

 
 

6. In a Yajna, oblations are offered into the fire? Yes/No

 
 

7. Puja should have either mantra or bhajans sung in the praise of the Lord? Yes/No

 
 

8. A Hindu aarti always has song accompanying the waving of a flame or a light?

 
 

9. Japa requires you repeat a mantra over and over?

 
 

10. Puja (worship) can only be performed by a Brahmin priest only? Yes/No

 
 

11. In most Hindu temples, deity is woken up in the morning and set to sleep in the evening? Yes/No

 
 

12. Samskara (rites of passage) celebrate major life events? Yes/No

 
 

13. Which of the following are places of pilgrimage?

 
 
 
 

14. Food offered to God in a puja worship is only meant for God and cant be consumed by devotees? Yes/No

 
 

15. Which of the following paths can lead to Moksha (salvation)?

 
 
 
 

16. Those following the path of Gnan (knowledge) do not have to do any Yajna? Yes/No

 
 

17. There are only 4 rites of passage and every Hindu must follow them? Yes/No

 
 

18. A Hindu Arti must have a lamp or a flame? Yes/No

 
 

19. Every Hindu must perform Rituals? Yes/No

 
 

20. A Hindu pilgrimage can only be done by visiting a holy place? Yes/No

 
 

21. Each festival has some story and rituals associated with it? Yes/No

 
 

22. Which of the following are samskars (rites of passage)?

 
 
 
 
 
 

23. A Hindu must do all the rituals inside a temple only? Yes/No

 
 
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Can Hindus be accorded minority status in seven states and one Union Territory in India

Report on Hindus in seven states soon: National Commission for Minorities

By Sana Shakil| Express News Service | Published: 26th May 2018 01:55 AM

NEW DELHI: The National Commission for Minorities (NCM), which was assigned the task of examining if Hindus could be accorded minority status in seven states and one Union Territory, is nearly ready with its report on the issue. A subcommittee set up by the NCM, which is examining the issue, has called the petitioner on June 14 to discuss the matter. Sources said that petitioner Ashwini Upadhyay, a politician of the Bharatiya Janata Party, has been called for a “final clarification” on the issue, following which the NCM will soon submit its report to the government. 

The three-member subcommittee was formed in January, based on a plea by Upadhyay in the Supreme Court for granting minority status to Hindus. The court rejected his petition in November and asked him to approach the minorities commission. Headed by NCM Vice Chairman George Kurian, the subcommittee includes NCM members Sulekha Kumbhare and S Manjit Singh Rai.

NCM Chairperson Syed Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi confirmed the development and said Upadhyay had been invited to take part in the subcommittee’s meeting on June 14 so that the “points made by the petitioner can be heard in detail”. Rizvi, however, refused to comment on possible recommendations of NCM in the matter. “The matter is being examined by the subcommittee. We cannot say what will be our final recommendations until the report is absolutely ready,” Rizvi said.

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Famous Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh reopens

Fifty years ago, the Beatles arrived at an unlikely location in Rishikesh at the invitation of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The visit has passed into rock’n’roll legend even as the ashram has fallen into ruin. Much of the fabled White Album was composed in these now-derelict halls and bungalows.

Beatles Ashram, also known as Chaurasi Kutia, is an ashram close to the north Indian city of Rishikesh in the state of Uttarakhand. It is located on the eastern bank of the Gangesriver, opposite the Muni Ki Reti area of Rishikesh, in the foothills of the Himalayas. During the 1960s and 1970s, as the International Academy of Meditation, it was the training centre for students of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who devised the Transcendental Meditation technique. The ashram gained international attention between February and April 1968 when the English rock band the Beatles studied meditation there, along with celebrities such as DonovanMia Farrow and Mike Love. It was the setting for the band’s most productive period as songwriters, where they composed most of the songs for their self-titled double album, also known as the “White Album”.

The site was abandoned in the 1990s and reverted to the local forestry department in 2003, after which it became a popular visiting place for fans of the Beatles. Although derelict and overrun by jungle, the site was officially opened to the public in December 2015. It has since become known as Beatles Ashram and held an exhibition in February 2018 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in Rishikesh.

The Maharishi’s lease on the ashram’s land expired in 1981 and the yogi decamped to the Netherlands in 1992. But certain followers remained until the early 2000s, when India’s Supreme Court ordered them to leave. Everything is crumbling, overgrown: the kitchen, the printing press, the post office where John Lennon waited for daily postcards from Yoko Ono even though he was travelling with his wife.

In 2017, the Uttarakhand Forest Department announced a $20 million renovation for the ashram, including a souvenir store and educational areas. “We plan to develop Chaurasi Kutia as an eco-tourism centre,” says Sanatan Sonker, director of the Rajaji Tiger Reserve. “Our aim is to link the ashram with local villagers and help them earn their livelihood through tourism.”

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