Indian Mythology : Dt 3.7.2001 Q-File 35 Qns by : G.Sreekanth 1.He is a very celebrated personage in Hindu mythology . When he was born he was very small; not more than a span in length . He was hence called Maana.He also obtained the epithet Pitaabdhi or Samudra-chuluka, " Ocean drinker ", from a fable according to which he drank up the ocean because it had offended him, and because he wished to help the Gods in their wars with the Daityas when the latter had hidden themselves in the waters. He was one of the narrators of the Brahma Purana. WHO ? ans) Rishi Agastya. 2.In Hindu mythology what's common to Vaiswanaara, Huta-bhuj, Sukra, Rohitaaswa, Sapta-jihwa, Tomara-dhaara, Chhaaga-ratha ? ans) All epithets of Agni. 3.Name the Apsara who was originally a Brahman female, but for the offence of bathing at an improper season she was condemned to be born as an Apsara, for the purpose of bringing about the mutual destruction of the two demons Sunda and Upasunda ? ans) Tilottama. 4.What is described in the Mahabharata as "a fearful open mouthed monster, created by the sage Chyavana, having teeth and grinders of portentous length, and jaws one of which enclosed the earth and other the sky" ? ans) Mada-intoxication. 5. He is said to be a Daanava, and son of Viprachitti and Sinhika. He is also called A-kacha meaning "hairless"; Aslesha-bhaava meaning "cut-off", and Munda meaning "bald". He is represented by a dragon's tail. WHO ? ans) Ketu. 6. What according to Vishnu Purana are Indra, Kaserumat, Taamra-varna, Gabhastimat, Naga, Saumya, Gandharva, Varuna and Kumaraka ? ans) All were Dwipas in Bharata-Varsha. 7. He is said to have descended from Kasyapa and Vinataa, one of the daughters of Daksha. His lustre was so brilliant that after his birth the gods mistook him for Agni and worshipped him. His wife was Unnati. He is also called Kaamaayus-who lives at pleasure. WHO ? ans) Garuda. 8. In Hindu mythology we know that the recorder of Yama, Chitragupta reads out his account from a register. WHAT IS THE NAME OF THAT REGISTER ? ans) Agra-Sandhani. 9. In Ramayana WHO is described as "covered with hair, vast as a mountain, without head or neck, having a mouth armed with immense teeth in the middle of his belly, arms a league long and one enormous eye in his breast" ? ans) Kabandha. 10. WHAT was the name of the planetary sphere, which as explained by the Vishnu Purana has the shape of a porpoise, Vishnu being seated in its heart and Dhruva or the pole star in its tail ? ans) Sisumaara.