As we know that Lord Indra is the most important Vedic deity.

I want to ask if there is literature available for Lord Indra's worship. (except Vashitha Ganapati muni books)

Are there mantras (vedic/tantric/puranic) available for worship of Lord Indra?

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    First thing first, Indra is God (Deva), not Lord (Bhagwana).
    – Vishvam
    Commented Jun 20, 2017 at 9:31
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    @Aks most important because he has highest number of suktas and mantras dedicated to him. highest number of vedic rituals dedicated to him. and cheif deity of yajnas. Now getting the reason? Commented Jun 20, 2017 at 9:50
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    @Aks Yes, Lord Indra is praised as the one who made these all worlds many times in RigVeda. For eg RigVeda 8.85.6 .. "Let us praise him who made these worlds and creatures, all things that after him sprang into being."... sacred-texts.com/hin/rigveda/rv08085.htm
    – Tezz
    Commented Jun 20, 2017 at 10:20
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    @TheDestroyer Indra has taken birth by Aditi. Whoever takes birth that can't become Parmatma. Parmatma/Bhagwan is the one who never takes birth and never dies. But Indra took birth and he is immortal only because of nectar. IN short He is not Parmatma (Lord).
    – Vishvam
    Commented Jun 20, 2017 at 11:50
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    @TheDestroyer Lord Rama is Lord Narayan Himself. He took birth by his own wish, Not by someone else's (Lord) wish like we all did (including Indra).
    – Vishvam
    Commented Jun 20, 2017 at 12:03

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Here is an Agamic mantra (or Tantric mantra) dedicated to Lord Indra taken from the Mantradeva Prakashika.

Im IndraYa Hrith | asya Brahmarishi Pangtischandaha Indro DevatA Im Bijam Ayethi Shaktihi |


Im Indraya namaha, for this mantra the Rishi is BrahmA, Chandah is Pangti, Devata is Indra, Bija is Im, and Aya is the Shakti.

Nyasa Vidhi:

Rishi Nyasa and KarAnga Nysas are done like - Sirasshi Brahmane Rishayae namha...., Im Angushthabhyam namaha, Im Tarjanibhyam SwahA, ... Im ShikhAyai Vaushat, Im KavachAya Hum etc.


Dhyanam for Lord Indra for this particular mantra is to be done like this:

Pitavarnam sahasrAksham Vajrapadmakaram Vibhum | Sarvalankarasamyuktam Naumindram Dikpatiswaram ....||


Indra Deva is having a yellowish body. He has thousand eyes. His one hand holds his weapon, the vajra and in his other hand he holds a lotus. Prostration to that Indra who is decked with varied and many ornaments and who is the lord of directions.

Next to be done is the Shadanga Puja which i am not giving the details of. Ayudha Puja (i.e Puja of the Vajra) is also to be done.

The purascharana of this mantra is done upon completing 1 lakh japa and doing 10 thousand homa with ghee mixed sesame seeds.

Asya Purascharanam Lakshyajapam, Ajyena Tilairayuhomoho


Chatushkonasthapadme Navavastraveshtitam SthApayitvA Gandhodakena Sampurya Tatra Tatra SaparivAramindramAradhya Sahsram JaptA Tajjalobhishekam Brastarajasya RAjyaprAptiranyeshAm Parama Srirbhavati...


In a square mandala an eight-petaled lotus is to be drawn. On that lotus a kalash (pot) decked with the nine jewels is to be placed. The kalash is then filled with gandha mixed water (sandal paste mixed with water). Thereafter, Indra has to be invoked, along with his family, in that pot and worshiped by doing a thousand japa of the mantra. Now the devotee should bath in that water. This is called IndrAbhisheka. The person on whom such an abhisheka is performed can even get back his lost kingdom and gets many other priced belongings and etc.

Also following is the gayatri mantra for Lord Indra as given in the Linga Purana.

Devaraajaaya vidmahey vajrahastaaya dhimahi, Tannah Shakrah prachodayaat.

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    Thanks for this Rickross Ji So Gayatri Mantra of Indra can be chanted by Non Dvijas right? Why Tannah Shakrah ? Its Tannah Indra right ?? Commented Jun 15, 2021 at 8:43
  • These mantras are given only to initiates? If no then how can Non Dvijas utter Puranic Mantras for worshipping Devas ?? Commented Jun 15, 2021 at 8:48
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    Shakrah is another name of Indra. @SethuSrivatsaKoduru
    – Rickross
    Commented Jun 15, 2021 at 12:57
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    Agamic mantras usually always require initiation. Puranic mantras can be chanted after one removes Om and Swaha etc. from them @SethuSrivatsaKoduru
    – Rickross
    Commented Jun 15, 2021 at 12:58

Are there mantras (vedic/tantric/puranic) available for worship of Lord Indra?

I found one Mantra in the Paushya Parva of Mahabhrata , Which is hymn in praise of Indra - Indra stuti (इन्द्र स्तुति). See P.41. You can read the story from above link.

150 तरीण्य अर्पितान्य अत्र शतानि मध्ये; षष्टिश च नित्यं चरति धरुवे ऽसमिन
चक्रे चतुर्विंशतिपर्व यॊगे षड; यत कुमाराः परिवर्तयन्ति
151 तन्त्रं चेदं विश्वरूपं युवत्यौ; वयतस तन्तून सततं वर्तयन्त्यौ
कृष्णान सितांश चैव विवर्तयन्त्यौ; भूतान्य अजस्रं भुवनानि चैव
152 वज्रस्य भर्ता भुवनस्य गॊप्ता; वृत्रस्य हन्ता नमुचेर निहन्ता
कृष्णे वसानॊ वसने महात्मा; सत्यानृते यॊ विविनक्ति लॊके
153 यॊ वाजिनं गर्भम अपां पुराणं; वैश्वानरं वाहनम अभ्युपेतः
नमः सदास्मै जगद ईश्वराय; लॊकत्रयेशाय पुरंदराय

trINy-arpitAn-yatra shatAni madhye ShaShTishcha nitya.n charati dhruve .asmin .
chakre chatur-viMshati parva yoge ShaD yat-kumArAH parivartayanti ..
tantra.n cheda.n vishvarUpaM yuvatyau vayatas-tantUn-satata.n vartayantyau .
kR^iShNAnsitAMsh chaiva vivartayantyau bhUtAnyajasraM bhuvanAni chaiva
vajrasya bhartA bhuvanasya goptA vR^itrasya hantA namuchernihantA .
kR^iShNe vasAno vasane mahAtmA satyAnR^ite yo vivinakti loke
yo vAjina.n garbham-apAM purANaM vaishvAnara.n vAhanam-abhyupetaH .
namaH sadAsmai jagadIshvarAya lokatrayeshAya purandarAya

Meaning - "This wheel whose circumference is marked by twenty-four divisions representing as many lunar changes is furnished with three hundred spokes! It is set in continual motion by six boys (the seasons)! These damsels representing universal nature are weaving without intermission a cloth with threads black and white, and thereby ushering into existence the manifold worlds and the beings that inhabit them! Thou wielder of the thunder, the protector of the universe, the slayer of Vritra and Namuchi, thou illustrious one who wearest the black cloth and displayest truth and untruth in the universe, thou who ownest for thy carrier the horse which was received from the depths of the ocean, and which is but another form of Agni (the god of fire), I bow to thee, thou supreme Lord, thou Lord of the three worlds, O Purandara!'

This is mantra uttered by Rushi Utanka

"The Brahmana Rishi Utanka having saluted the chief serpents in this manner, obtained not, however, the ear-rings. And he thereupon became very thoughtful. And when he saw that he obtained not the ear-rings even though he had adored the serpents, he then looked about him and beheld two women at a loom weaving a piece of cloth with a fine shuttle; and in the loom were black and white threads. And he likewise saw a wheel, with twelve spokes, turned by six boys. And he also saw a man with a handsome horse. And he began to address them the following mantras:

You can read Sanskrit shlokas here -Sanskrit

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    Along with hymns it will be better if you can add mantras Commented Jun 20, 2017 at 12:10
  • @RakeshJoshi - yes , i will also try to write it , but need a scriptural ref. i am looking for some other mantras also ,I will update the answer with mantra if found in authentic sourse. Commented Jun 20, 2017 at 12:12
  • yes i have upvoted. you can edit when you find more. Thanks Commented Jun 20, 2017 at 12:14

There is a mantra for Indra to be found in the ancient Indian tradition of Natya-Shastra. Before any performance in the theater, it was customary to worship (puja) and offer certain food articles to the gods and deities. This ceremony was considered “as meritorious as a Vedic sacrifice”.

For Indra, the specific mantra runs as follows:

पुरन्दरामरपते वज्रपाणे शतक्रतो ।
प्रगृह्यतां बलिर्देव विधिमन्त्रपुरस्कृतः ॥

purandarāmarapate vajrapāṇe śatakrato |
pragṛhyatāṃ balirdeva vidhimantrapuraskṛtaḥ ||

“O Purandara, the lord of gods, the thunder-bearer, the maker of the hundred exploits, accept this my offering consecrated by the Mantra.”

Source: Natya-shastra chapter 3, also see Indramantra

As for Vedic authenticity, in the first chapter it is said that Brahmā composed the Natyashastra from the four Vedas and it is called as the "fifth" Veda:

The recitative (pāṭhya) he took from the Ṛgveda, the song from the Sāma[veda], the Histrionic Representation (abhinaya) from the Yajur[veda] and Sentiments (rasa) from the Atharvaveda, [and] thus was created the Nāṭyaveda connected with the Vedas principal and subsidiary (vedopaveda), by the holy Brahmā who is omniscient.

Source: Natya-shastra chapter 1


Here is a mantra to Indra which may be what you're looking for:

Indra Gayatri Mantra:
Aum Indrarajayaa Vidmahe
Maha Indrayaa Dheemahi
Tanno Indra Prachodayaat

From this YouTube video of it being chanted: Sri Indra Dev Gayatri Mantra - श्री इंद्र देव गायत्री मंत्र – Powerful Mantra To Cure All Diseases - Dr.R.Thiagarajan


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