Take a Quiz on Hindu Symbols and Icons

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Take a Quiz on Hinduism Symbols and Icons

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1. What is the  purpose of performing aarti and the waving of lighted wicks before the deities?


2. Who is the vehicle or mount of Lord Ganesha?


3. Rudraksha beads represent tears of which God?


4. All other Yantras are derived from Sri Chakra Yantra?


5. Hindus apply a Tilak on their foreheads to express their devotion? Yes/No


6. What is the usual number of beads in a Hindu Japa Mala?


7. While a Tilak can be applied at various parts of the body, Bindi must be applied only in between the eyes? Yes/No


8. A Toran is a decoration hanging at the front door of a home and can be made out of any one of the following (you can tick more than one)


9. A Vermilion red colour Bindi signifies that the woman is married? Yes/No


10. What is the difference between clockwise and anti-clockwise versions of swastika?


11. A Hindu can not apply a Tilak to a non-Hindu? Yes/No


12. Vibhuti  means super natural powers acquired through religious practices? Yes/No


13. A mangala sutra is worn by wife for the long life of the husband? Yes/No


14. Conch shells are used in Hindu worship as a trumpet?


15. Aum is a representation of Brahma God out of three God heads? Yes/No


16. How many number of cotton wicks can be put into the oil and lighted for an aarti lamp?


17. How many strands of thread does a Janaeu or Yajnopavit has?


18. Is it Ok for a married woman to wipe off her sindoor? Yes/No


19. Upnayana is a rite of passage to mark adolescence? Yes/No


20. Playing with colors on Holi festival is called Rangoli? Yes/No


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Thailand evolves its own mix of Budhist and Brahmin rituals

The new Brahmins

The relevance of mixing Hinduism with Buddhism and folk beliefs in Thai history


A man dressed in white blew into a conch as if it were a horn. Joss sticks were burning. Heads bowed but people’s lips were praying. A screenplay on a golden tray was engulfed in a cloud of white smoke…. 

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Hindus chant to ‘purify’ former Nazi concentration camps

PARIS (RNS) — There are few places on earth more haunted by evil than the memorial sites at former Nazi concentration camps. Visitors who tour their headquarters, barracks and ovens are constantly confronted with the memorials’ main lesson — “Never Again!”

A new Hindu movement based in Germany has come up with a different approach to dealing with the camps’ sinister legacy.

The group, called Bhakti Marga, organizes sessions of followers calmly chanting “om,” the sacred mantra of Hinduism, to “purify” the sites by turning their negativity into positive energy.

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Meet the Indian housewives studying to become Hindu priests in their ‘second innings’

At 72, Sailja Joshi has found her calling rather late in life. After a lifetime spent caring for others at home, this grandmother wants to join the workforce.  She is studying to become a Hindu priest. Female priests are a relatively new phenomenon in India, and they’re still vastly outnumbered by men. Scholars say that unlike in the Catholic church or Islamic tradition, there’s nothing in Hindu holy books that bans women from becoming religious leaders.

Sydney in Australia has a female priest Dr Meenakshi Srinivasan who has recently been awarded “Gargi Woman Award 2018” for her life long services to the Hindu community and to Sanskrit language.

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