UPSC History The vedic period - Early vedic period, Later vedic period and sangam period Question Bank Vedic Period/Mahajanapadas/Nandas etc

  • question_answer The game of 'dice' was part of the ritual of:

    A)  Agnistoma        

    B)  Aswamegha     

    C)  Rajasuya         

    D) Vajapeya

    Correct Answer: C

    Solution :

    Dicing seems to have a special significance when connected with myths and rituals. Dicing involves       uncertainty, chance, the vagaries of fortune. The dice game is representative of the challenges that a king must endure during his reign. The game of dice is a part of the rituals of Rajasuya Yagya.        The Aswamegha was a liorse sacrifice ritual followed by the Srauta tradition of Vedic religion. It was used by ancient Indian kings to prove their imperial sovereignty. Vajpeya Yajna was a Soma-Yajna, the offering of Soma formed an essential part of the Yajna. along with the killing of other animals. But is some where different from the Yajna. Some where it was a race of chariot.       Agnistoma literally means Traise of Agnr. It is die system of sacrifices which forms the link between men and god.

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