Aarambh Civil Services Academy

Current Affairs Questions

Art & Culture:

Shirui Lily

In which of the following north-eastern states of India, the festival Shirui Lily, is being celebrated in the month of May every year?


Consider the following statements with reference to one of the sects of Buddhism:

  1. It did not believe in the divinity of the Buddha.
  2. It believes in the original teaching of Buddha or Doctrine of elders.
  3. It believes in salvation by works, that each man should work for his own salvation.

The above statements are true for which sect of Buddhism?

Kanheri Caves

With reference to the Kanheri Caves, consider the following statements:

  1. The caves are located within Chandoli National Park in Maharashtra.
  2. The earliest reference of Kanheri is ascribed to Fa-Hein who visited India during 399-411 CE.
  3. These caves boast an ancient Buddhist architectural style, with viharas, stupas, prayer halls and more.

Which of the above statement(s) is/are correct?

Megalithic Stone Jars

Recently, in which of the following north-east states, a large number of megalithic stone jars have been discovered?

Historic Temples

Which of the following historic temples from Karnataka has the age-old tradition of kicking off the rathotsava or the chariot festival after reciting passages from the Quran?

​Narasingapettai Nagaswaram

Narasingapettai Nagaswaram - a classical wind musical instrument - belongs to which South Indian state that was recently granted the Geographical Indication (GI) tag?

Pal-Dadhvav Killings

Which of the following states recently marked 100 years of the Pal-Dadhvav killings, calling it a massacre “bigger than the Jallianwala Bagh”?


Women from which tribal community practice ‘Sohrai’ - an indigenous art form?

God Vishnu

Consider the following sayana murthis (reclining posture) of God Vishnu:

  1. Ardhasayana Vishnumurti: When Vishnu is reclining on the serpent couch with right arm placed on the pillow and the other hand stretched out straight and left leg slightly bent, he is Ardhasayana Vishnumurti.
  2. Bhogasayanam: When the space between the two legs is as prescribed in sastras with Sri Devi seated on his right and Bhoodevi near his feet, the posture is called Bhogasayanam.
  3. Virasayanam: When the Vishnu image is seen reclining with the right arm on the pillow, the left stretched out and the two upper hands holding conch and disc, it represents Virasayanam.

Choose the correct answer from the options given below:

Statue Of Equality

Recently, a 216-feet tall 'Statue of Equality', commemorating a Bhakti Saint, was unveiled in Hyderabad. The Statue belongs to:

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