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What was the royal emblem of Vijayanagara?
(A)Varaha / wild boar

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Hint: An emblem is a pictorial image, either abstract or representational, that represents a principle, such as a moral truth or an allegory, or an individual, such as a king or a saint. The ancient Vijayanagara Empire's capital was Vijayanagara.

Complete answer:
The name Vijayanagara is derived from the words Vijaya (victory) and nagara (city). Vijayanagara drew visitors from all over the world as the prosperous capital of the largest and most dominant kingdom in South India at the time.

The Vijayanagara kings' royal insignia depicts four elements: The Sun, Moon, Dragger, and Boar. The picture of a boar, though a significant symbol in Hindu mythology, is the most uncommon for an ancient Indian emblem. Vishnu takes the form of a boar (Varaha) in his third avatar (incarnation). The world is brought up from the ocean's depths by Boar. Varaha is essentially a Vaishnava symbol.

The royal emblem of Viajayanagara is Varaha / wild boar. With the Sun and Moon above, the emblem depicted a boar facing a dancing sword.

So, the correct option is (A).

Note: Varaha can be depicted as a full-fledged boar or as an anthropomorphic creature with a boar's head and the human body. Bhudevi, the earth, is frequently depicted as a young woman being lifted by Varaha. Varaha is connected to the Orion constellation by a number of hypotheses, though the constellation is also linked to other deities.