Upagupta (Questions and Answers)

Upagupta (Questions and Answers)

Upagupta (Questions and Answers). Upagupta poem important questions and answers were discussed in this video. If you want to watch video lesson of this topic click here. We have posted many notes for 9th standard students. Watch them all. Upagupta (Questions and Answers)

C1. Work in pairs. Pick out the words/phrases from the poem which tell you about the following. Write them in the space given. One is done for you.

dark gloomy sky : The murky sky

ornamental chain worn around the ankle of a lady : Anklet

a religious person who leads a simple and strict life : Ascetic

at an appropriate time : When the time is rip

flashes of lightning : suddenly

roadside : wayside

fort like structure : rampart

made slightly wet : moister

C2. The important signposts of the poem are given in the box. Fill in the flowchart in the order in which the incidents occur.

* The dancing girl invites him to her home.

* Upagupta asleep on the dusty ground of Mathura.

* The woman driven away from the town.

* He promises to visit her when the time is ripe.

* Upagupta keeps his promise.


  1. Upagupta asleep on the dusty ground of Mathura.
  2. The dancing girl invites him to her home.
  3. He promises to visit her when the time is ripe.
  4. Upagupta keeps his promise.
  5. The woman driven away from the town.

C3. Some qualities of Upagupta are given. Quote the appropriate lines from the poem to justify them. One is done for you.

Simplicity :  sleeping on the dusty earth

Merciful : smeared her body with sandal balm.

Forgiving : on his forgiving eyes.

Young and attractive : Saw young face austerely beautiful.

Be true to his words : “The time, at last has come to visit you, and I am here.

C4. Work in small groups. Complete the summary of the poem with suitable words given in the bubbles.

Upagupta a ———— of Buddha, goes from one place to another. Once while he is sleeping in a small town called ——-———, a dancing girl wakes him up and ————————— him to her home. Upagupta ——————, but tells her, “I will visit you when the time is —————————————” A year later, Upagupta finds the dancing girl lying on the ground ————— the town, having sores all over the body. She is driven away from the ———. He gives her —— and applies —— on her body. The woman asks who he is. Upagupta replies, “Now the —— has come to visit you and I am here.”


1. Disciple

2. Mathura

3. invites

4. refuses

5. ripe

6. outside

7. town

8. water

9. balm

10. Time

Read and Appreciate:

R1. Read and discuss your responses with your partner. Then write.

1. Why did Upagupta wake up startled?

Ans: Upagupta wake up startled because Vasavadatta stumbles over his body.

2. “The dancing girl was rich.” Do you agree with this opinion? Justify your answer by quoting from the text.

Ans: Yes I agree. “Whose feet were those tinkling with anklets”, “starred with jewels”. These lines show that she was rich.

3. Why do you think the ascetic did not accept the invitation of the dancing girl?

Ans: Because he wants to lead a life of ascetic life. So he thought that it was not suitable to go to the house of dancing girl.

4. How is the spring season described in the poem?

Ans: In spring season, the branches of the trees were full of blossom. Happy songs of a flute came floating in the air from a distance.

5. “The time, at last, has come to visit you.” What do you understand by this?

Ans: I understand that Upagupta kept his promise and served her when she was in need of help.

6. Read the last stanza. Does the description suggest anything about the ascetic?

Ans: Yes, The description suggests that the ascetic was truthful, kind and merciful.

R2. Imagery is the use of language to evoke pictures in the minds of the readers or listeners. Sit in pairs, identify the images used in the poem and write them down.


1. Dancing girl’s feet were tinkling with anklets.

2. Dancing girl was starred with jewels.

3. Suddenly the black night showed its teeth in a flash of lightning.

4. The branches of the way side threes were full of blossoms.

5. Lamps were all out, doors were all shut.

R3. In groups of four discuss what might have happened next in the story of the poem “Upagupta”. Share your answer with the rest of the class.

Ans: The dancing girl was cured by Upagupta. She gave all her wealth to him. She give up pride and becomes a disciple of Upagupta.