Kings and Pilgrims
Q23. Who were the earliest rulers
of the subcontinent to issue gold coins?
Kushanas were amongst the earliest rulers of the subcontinent to issue gold
Q24. How do we come to know about
the dangers faced by the piligrims in their travels?
Chinese Buddhists pilgrims wrote about the dangers they encountered on their
Q25. Who were known as lords of the dakshinapatha?
Shri Satakarni and other Satavahana rulers were known as lords of the
Q26. What makes silk highly valued
fabric in most societies?
rich, glossy colours of silk, as well as its smooth texture, make it a highly
valued fabric in most societies.
Q27. Discuss the reasons why the
Chinese pilgrims came to India.
came to visit places associated with the life of the Buddha as well as famous
Q28. Who was Appar? Which
community he belonged to?
poet-saint and a devotee of Shiva. He belonged to vellala community.
Q29. Who were the rulers, who ruled over central Asia and
north-west India around 2000 years ago?
were the rulers, who ruled over central Asia and north-west India around 2000
Q30. Name the regions where Bodhisattvas became
worship of Bodhisattvas became very popular, and spread throughout Central
Asia, China, and later to Korea and Japan.
Q31. How did the chiefs use the
tribute that they collected from neighbouring areas?
They kept some of the wealth and distributed the rest amongst their supporters,
including members of their family, soldiers, and poets.
Q32. What do you know about Syrian
Christians of Kerala, known as Syrian Christians because they probably came
from West Asia, are amongst the oldest Christian communities in the world.
Q33. Why do you think ordinary
people were attracted to Bhakti?
people were attracted to Bhakti because it emphasised devotion and individual
worship of a god or goddess, rather than the performance of elaborate
Q34. Making silk is a complicated process. Why?
silk is a complicated process because raw silk has to be extracted from the
of silk worms, spun into thread and then woven into cloth.
Q35. From where is the word
word ‘Hindu’, like the term ‘India’ is derived from the river Indus. It was
used by Arabs and Iranians to refer to people who lived to the east of the
river, and to their cultural practices, including religious beliefs.
Q36. Why did kings want to control the Silk Route?
kings want to control the Silk Route because they could benefit from taxes,
tributes and gifts that were brought by traders travelling along the route.
Q37. Who was Kanishka?
most famous Kushana ruler was Kanishka, who ruled around 1900 years ago. He
organized a Buddhist council, where scholars met and discussed important
Q38. Who were bodhisattvas in Buddhism?
were supposed to be persons who had attained enlightenment. Once they attained
enlightenment, they could live in complete isolation and meditate in peace.
Q39. What was emphasized under the
system of bhakti?
who followed the system of Bhakti emphasised devotion and individual worship of
a god or goddess, rather than the performance of elaborate sacrifices.