Bengali Literature and History Quiz

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Who were the five gems in the court of Lakshmana Sena known as Pancharatnas?

Govardhana, Sarana, Jayadeva, Umapati, and Dhoyi/Dhoyin Kaviraja

Who was a great patron of Buddhism and revived the Nalanda university?

Devapala

During whose rule did Buddhist cultural activities at Mainamati and Lalmai area get new vigour?

Chandras

Which dynasty had its capital at Pataliputra and later at Besnagar in eastern Malwa?

Shunga Dynasty

Who appointed Veeradeva as the head of Nalanda University according to the Ghosrava inscription?

Devapala

Which site is NOT one of the archaeologically oldest sites mentioned in the text?

Vidisha in eastern Malwa

Study Notes

The Court of Lakshmana Sena

  • The five gems in the court of Lakshmana Sena were known as Pancharatnas.

Buddhism and Education

  • Kumaragupta I was a great patron of Buddhism and revived the Nalanda university.

Buddhist Cultural Activities

  • During the rule of Ramapala, Buddhist cultural activities at Mainamati and Lalmai area got new vigour.

Dynasties and Capitals

  • The Pal dynasty had its capital at Pataliputra and later at Besnagar in eastern Malwa.

Nalanda University

  • Veeradeva was appointed as the head of Nalanda University by Devapala, according to the Ghosrava inscription.

Archaeological Sites

  • Besnagar is one of the archaeologically oldest sites mentioned in the text, unlike others.

Test your knowledge on Bengali literature and history with questions about the Pancharatnas in the court of Lakshmana Sena, the patronage of Buddhism by Dharmapala, and the cultural activities during the rule of the Chandras in Mainamati and Lalmai area.

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