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GK Questions and Answers on the Vedic Literature

The Vedic literature is the vehicle of expression of thought. The term Vedic literature means the four Vedas in their Samhita and the allied literature based on or derived from the Vedas.
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GK Questions and Answers on the Vedic Literature
GK Questions and Answers on the Vedic Literature

This article consists of 10 questions and answers on the Vedic literature with an explanation which will increase your knowledge and also help in the preparation of competitive examinations.

1.  Which of the following Vedic literature where the Varna system was discussed?

A. Rigveda

B. Samaveda

C. Yajurveda

D. Atharvaveda

Ans: A

Explanation: Ninth Mandal of Rigveda contains hymns called Purusha Sukta from where Varna system was discussed. Hence, A is the correct option.

2. Which of the following Vedic literature contains Gayatri Mantra?

A. Rigveda

B. Samaveda

C. Yajurveda

D. Atharvaveda

Ans: A

Explanation: Third Mandal of Rigveda contains the Gayatri Mantra which was compiled in the praise of sun god Savitri. Hence, A is the correct option.

3. Which of the following is correctly matched:

A. Rigveda- Hotra or Hotri

B. Samaveda - Udgatri

C. Yajurveda - Adhvaryu

D. All the above

Ans: D

Explanation: Rishi who were experts in Rigveda were called hotra or hotri. Udgatri was the experts of Samaveda. Adhvaryu was the experts of the knowledge of Yajurveda. Indian medicinal science i.e. Ayurveda has its origin from Atharvaveda. Hence, D is the correct option.

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4. Which of the following Vedic literature is the collection of sacrificial formulae?

A. Rigveda

B. Samaveda

C. Yajurveda

D. Atharvaveda

Ans: D

Explanation: The Atharvaveda is composed in Vedic Sanskrit, and it is a collection of 730 hymns with about 6,000 mantras, divided into 20 books. It is the collection of sacrificial formulae which were written both in prose and poetry. Hence, D is the correct option.  

5. Which of the following statement (s) is/are related to the Aranyakas?

A. Written in forests for the hermits and students of the Vedas.

B. Initiated a changeover from materialistic religion to spiritual religion. Hence, they formed a tradition that culminates in the Upanishads.

C. Both A and B

D. Neither A nor B

Ans: C

Explanation: The Aranyakas were written in forests and are concluding parts of the Brahmanas. They are like a bridge between Vedas cum Brahamanas and Upanishads. They don’t lay much emphasis on rites, ritual and sacrifices, but have philosophy and mysticism. So they have moral science and philosophy. Hence, C is the correct option.

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6. Which of the following are correctly matched

A. Shiksha - Phonetics of Science of Pronunciation

B. Kalpa - Rituals and ceremonies

C. Nirukta - Etymology (Origin of words)

D. All the above are correctly matched

  Ans: D

Explanation: The Vedanga are six auxiliary disciplines in Vedic culture are as:

(A)Shiksha- Phonetics of Science of Pronunciation

(B) Kalpa- Rituals and ceremonies

(C)Vyakarana - Grammar

(D)Nirukta – Etymology (Origin of words)

(E)Chhanda – Metrics, rules of poetic composition

(F)Jyotisha- Astronomy

Hence, D is the correct option.

7.  Which of the following Vedic literature refers to the ‘to sit near the feet of’?

A. Vedangas

B. Upanishads

C. Aranyakas

D. Brahamanas

Ans: B

Explanation: The Upanishads are a collection of texts of religious and philosophical nature, written in India. Etymologically, the name Upanishad is composed of the terms upa (near) and shad (to sit), meaning something like “sitting down near”. Hence, B is the correct option.

8. Which of the following Vedic literature contains details about the meanings of Vedic hymns, their applications, and stories of their origins?

A. Vedangas

B. Upanishads

C. Aranyakas

D. Brahamanas

Ans: D

Explanation: The Brahmanas are the prose texts which explain the hymns in the Vedas, give explanation and applications and related stories of their origin. Hence, D is the correct option.

9. Which of the following is not correctly matched?

A. Aitareya or Kaushitaki Brahamnas- Yejurveda

B. Tandya and Jaiminiya Brahamans-Samveda

C. Taittireeya and Shatpatha Brahamans- Yajurveda

D. Gopath Brahamans- Atharvaveda

Ans: A

Explanation: The Brahmanas are the prose texts which explain the hymns in the Vedas, give explanation and applications and related stories of their origin. They also have some stories related to the certain persons related to the Vedic Text. Aitareya or Kaushitaki Brahamnas were allotted to the Rigveda for detailing. Tandya and Jaiminiya Brahamans to Samveda for detailing. Taittireeya and Shatpatha Brahamans to Yajurveda for detailing. Gopath Brahamans to the Atharvaveda for detailing. Hence, A is the correct option.

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