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Quiz about Everything about Sikhism
Quiz about Everything about Sikhism

Everything about Sikhism Trivia Quiz


This quiz is not just about the basics, it is about the other features and aspects of Sikhism.

A multiple-choice quiz by puitpankaj. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
puitpankaj
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
284,469
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
6 / 10
Plays
1642
Last 3 plays: Guest 223 (8/10), Guest 203 (7/10), Guest 216 (8/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. You know that the place of worship for Sikhs is Gurudwara, but which is considered the most significant and holy of Sikh shrines? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Most of the festivals celebrated by Sikhs have nothing to do with the Sikh religion and have little religious significance? But which of the following festivals HAS religious significance? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. A mass inhuman massacre took place in Jallianwalah Bagh, Amritsar on April 13, 1919. British Indian Army officer Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer ordered the soldiers under his command to fire on an unarmed peaceful gathering of 5000 people. About 1000 people died. But on the same day, approximately 200 years ago, an important incident took place in Sikh history. What was it? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Which calendar can be described as the official calendar used by the Sikhs? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Most Sikhs scriptures are written in Punjabi language. In which script is Punjabi language written? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. During the 1980s, some Sikh militants demanded a separate nation for Sikhs. What was it called? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Under which Guru did the Sikhs become a military force? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. How many Sikh Gurus were killed? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Who was the youngest Sikh Guru to die? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Which of these principles the Sikhs do not believe in? Hint



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1. You know that the place of worship for Sikhs is Gurudwara, but which is considered the most significant and holy of Sikh shrines?

Answer: Harimandir Sahib, Amritsar

All of these Gurudwaras are in India. In the fifteenth century, a lake existed at the site of the temple. The fourth Sikh Guru, Guru Ram Das, enlarged the lake and encouraged people to settle in the area. His successor, Guru Arjan Dev had the Gurudwara constructed in the centre of the lake. Ironically, he asked a Muslim to lay the foundation of the Gurudwara (Sikhs and Muslims were bitter enemies in those days).

The Gurudwara is plated with gold and is hence informally known as Golden Temple. It is actually quite beautiful, so everyone would have a look at it.

The lake is called Amritsar (The lake containing the Nectar of Immortality) and is considered very sacred. The city that grew around the Gurudwara is known as Amritsar too.
2. Most of the festivals celebrated by Sikhs have nothing to do with the Sikh religion and have little religious significance? But which of the following festivals HAS religious significance?

Answer: Maghi

Maghi is observed as the day of the martyrdom of Chali Mukte (Forty Immortals). They were the followers of Guru Gobind Singh who had previously deserted him because the Mughals promised that they will pardon anyone who disowns the Sikh Guru. But they realized their folly and fought bravely against the strong Mughal army and died fighting in Muktsar, Punjab. Lohri is a harvest festival celebrated in North India, especially in Punjab.

It is often considered a Sikh festival because most of the farmers in Punjab are Sikhs, though it has nothing to do with them.
3. A mass inhuman massacre took place in Jallianwalah Bagh, Amritsar on April 13, 1919. British Indian Army officer Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer ordered the soldiers under his command to fire on an unarmed peaceful gathering of 5000 people. About 1000 people died. But on the same day, approximately 200 years ago, an important incident took place in Sikh history. What was it?

Answer: Formation of Khalsa (collective body of all Sikhs)

On the gathering for Vaishakhi (a harvest festival) in 1699, Guru Gobind Singh asked for a man to willingly give his head i.e., to die for the cause of Sikhism. Five men came forward and the Guru took them into his tent. He emerged alone and his sword was stained with blood.

Then the five men came out of the tent and were designated as Panj Piaras, or five beloved ones. After that he declared them to be the first members of Khalsa. The Jallianwalah Bagh incident is quite unpleasant. I even remember reading somewhere that a book named "The Butcher of Amritsar" was written about General Dyer. That's a nice name for him!
4. Which calendar can be described as the official calendar used by the Sikhs?

Answer: Nanakshahi Calendar

The Nanakshahi Calendar is a solar calendar which was adopted by Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee as the official Sikh calendar. It was designed by Pal Singh Surewal and the reference date of this calendar is the birth of Guru Nanak in 1469. This calendar is controversial and is not supported by the whole Sikh community. Saka Samwat is the Indian National Calendar whereas Bikram Samwat was established by Indian emperor Vikramaditya and is the official calendar of Nepal.
5. Most Sikhs scriptures are written in Punjabi language. In which script is Punjabi language written?

Answer: Gurmukhi and Shahmukhi

Gurmukhi and Shahmukhi mean "from the mouth of Guru" and "from the mouth of the King" respectively. Gurmukhi is the most common script used to write the Punjabi language whereas Shahmukhi is a variation of the Arabic script used to record the Punjabi language. Vatteluttu is the script in which Tamil is written.
6. During the 1980s, some Sikh militants demanded a separate nation for Sikhs. What was it called?

Answer: Sikh Republic of Khalistan

The Sikhs felt that they were being discriminated against in India and demanded a separate homeland for themselves. They even designed the Khalistan flag and distributed Khalistani Currency (Khalistan Dollar). The Indian Army attacked the Harimandir Sahib.

The Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards in 1984. As a result of this, anti-Sikh riots broke out and hundreds of Sikhs were killed.
7. Under which Guru did the Sikhs become a military force?

Answer: Guru Har Gobind

Guru Har Gobind was the sixth of the eleven Gurus. He transformed the Sikhs by introducing weapons and martial arts for defense from Mughals. He carried two swords, one for spiritual reasons and one for worldly reasons. Guru Nanak Dev was the first Guru and the founder of Sikh religion. Guru Arjan, the fifth Guru, was responsible for the construction of Harimandir Sahib (Golden Temple). Guru Gobind Singh was the tenth Guru and the founder of Khalsa.

He further militarized the Sikhs.
8. How many Sikh Gurus were killed?

Answer: 3

Guru Arjan was killed by Jahangir, the Mughal emperor, in 1606. Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Guru, was killed by Aurangzeb, Jahangir's grandson, in 1675. Guru Gobind Singh was attacked by assassins sent by Wazir Khan, the Nawab of Sirhind, and died of his wounds in 1708.
9. Who was the youngest Sikh Guru to die?

Answer: Guru Har Krishan

Guru Har Krishan was named the next Guru by his dying father Guru Har Rai when he was merely five years old. During his lifetime, a small pox epidemic was spreading through Delhi. He treated many small pox patients, and thus exposed himself to the disease which was incurable at that time. As a result, he died of smallpox at the age of just seven years.
10. Which of these principles the Sikhs do not believe in?

Answer: Material Obsession

The Sikhs do not believe much in accumulation of wealth and other worldly things. That was too easy because you would find it hard to find a religion which encourages material obsession. The Sikhs believe that there is only one God, who is the creator, sustainer and destroyer of everything on Earth.

They encourage brotherhood and consider all men equal. The Sikhs do believe in personal sacrifices. It does not mean that one should give his head in a meaningless ritual, but he should be ready to willingly die protecting the religion.
Source: Author puitpankaj

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