UPSC History The Harappan Civilization Question Bank Indus Valley Civizlization

  • question_answer Which of the following was not worshipped by Indus Valley people?

    A)  Shiva                          

    B)  Peepal             

    C)         Mother Goddess 

    D)         Vishnu

    Correct Answer: D

    Solution :

    The numerous seals and figurines discovered in the m excavations carried out at various sites connected with the Harappan culture point out to the religious beliefs of the Indus Valley people. Worship of Mother Goddess: A large number of excavated terracotta figurines are those of a semi- nude figure which is identified with some female energy or Shakti or Mother Goddess, who is the source of all creation. Worship of Pashupati or Lord Shiva: The Pashupati seal in which the tliree-faced male god is shown seated in a yogic posture, surrounded by a rhino and a buffalo on the right, and an elephant and a tiger on the left, make the historians conclude that the people of those days worshipped Lord Shiva. Discovery of a large number of conical or cylindrical stones shows that the people worshipped lingam, the symbol of Lord Shiva. Worship of Trees: The worship of trees was widespread. The Pipal tree was considered most sacred. Other Objects of Worship: People also worshipped animals, such as the bull, buffalo and tiger. Besides animals, these people also worshipped the Sun, the   Fire and the Water. There was no evidence of the God Vishnu worshipped    by the people of Indus Valley Civilization.

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