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The king of the Devas or gods and the lord of Svargaloka or heaven in Hinduism. He is the god of rain and thunderstorms.

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Is Asura Krishna mentioned in the Rigveda the same as Lord Sri Krishna?

I saw this particular verses from the Rigveda which says that an Asura named "Krishna" had a great enmity with Indra. I want to confirm that is this the same Sri Krishna or is it someone ...
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Is Indra's vehicle Airavata a Naga?

According to Astika Parva section XXXV, Airavata is the third son of Kadru and Kashyap Sesha was born first, and then Vasuki. (Then were born) Airavata, Takshaka, Karkotaka, Dhananjaya, Kalakeya, the ...
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Where can i find a copy of Mantradeva Prakashika?

What are some mantras which are dedicated to Lord Indra? - @Rickross ji's answer to this question piqued my interest in this book. I couldn't find a printed copy or a pdf copy anywhere. Where can i ...
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When did Kamsa defeat the Devas?

I was going through the Vishnu Puran and came across the following description in Book V, Chapter IV: KANSA, much troubled in mind, summoned all his principal Asuras, Pralamba, Keśin, and the rest, ...
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Why did Vishnu help Indra to kill the blameless Vritra in the Uttara-ramayana?

https://www.wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/the-ramayana-of-valmiki/d/doc424859.html “It is said in the Puranas that the magnanimous Vasava, sullied by the sin of brahmanicide, was cleansed by performing ...
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How does Veda Vyasa reconcile the praise of Indra as Brahman with this citation from Aitareya Brahmana?

Who was the earliest Vedic scholar to claim that only Indra and no other Deva is Brahman? In answer to the above question, Mahabharata is cited: BhagavAn veda vyAsa considers Indra as the supreme ...
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Does any RigVedic God besides Indra fight the enemies of the Aryas - like Dasas,Dasyus et al?

Some citations from Rig Veda 1 100 18 He, much invoked, hath slain Dasyus and Śimyus, after his wont, and laid them low with arrows. The mighty Thunderer with his fair-complexioned friends won the ...
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What sectarian doctrines of sects that deny Indra is Brahman would be violated by scriptural statements that say Indra is Brahman?

(from quora) He has the power to resurrect the mortals and grant others immortality Anusure Mallikarjun My answer is based on vedas which says lord Indra is the name of supreme Brahman or supreme ...
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Which sects believe Indra is a only a title which is occupied by different finite entities until their merit gets exhausted?

The Rig Veda is THE foundational scripture of Vedic religion which evolved into Hinduism as we know it today. Which Vedic verses describe Indra as Brahman? Indra is celebrated as the supreme warrior ...
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Why didn't any sin attach to Vishnu when he actively aided Indra in killing Vrtra?

How did Vishnu help Indra in killing Vritra? And Vishnu said, 'I am no doubt bound to do what is for your good. I shall, therefore, tell you of a contrivance whereby he may be annihilated. Do ye with ...
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Indra's boon made women conceive?

In this section of Skanda Purana it says Shiva-Parvati union didn't result in children because women were not blessed at that time to conceive. 56-59. At that time, O excellent king, women had not ...
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What is the story of Sage Dadhyañca in the context of the RIg Veda?

Verses from Rig Veda, Mandala 2,3,4,5,6,7 would be prefered if the references exists in those books that is!
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Did Sagara originally desire 60,000 daughters ergo threatening Indra?

What's the scriptural basis behind the lore of Indra feeling threatened by Sagara's desire to beget 60,000 daughters?
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Why was the post of Lord Indra so much sought after by the Asuras instead of that of Lord Brahma?

Why were the asuras more interested in doing penance to obtain the throne of the Ruler of Heaven compared to that of Lord Brahma, when it can be understood that the post of Lord Brahma wielded more ...
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Which gods does Indra rule over?

Everywhere I look online, I see the same descriptions of Indra. He's described as the immortal king of the gods who resides in Amaravati, rides Airavata, and wields Vajra. But which specific gods does ...
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On what did Indra ride upon before the Samudra manthan?

Why was the Samudra Manthan performed? According to an answer from this link and also to several references in Mahabharata, Ucchaishravas and Airavata, two mounts of Indra emerged during the churn of ...
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How could Airavata already exist before his creation in the Samudra manthan?

For me, the Samudra manthan is one of the most fascinating tales in world religion. I'm confused about an incident from that story. When Indra's vahana, Airavata, destroyed Durvasa's flower garland, ...
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About Vedic Heaven Deity Dyaus Pita

What can you tell me about Dyaus Pita? I've been researching him for an hour, ofc I've been aware of him for the past few months. In this verse from Mandala 4 of Rik, there is a mention of Dyaus Pita ...
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Where can I read about real characteristics of lord Indra?

In which scripture, I can read the behavior, mind-set or characteristic of lord Indra. All the TV series I have seen so far depicted lard Indra as a jealous, selfish and practicing debauchery. In fact,...
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Why did Indra kill Vritra and why did Bhagwan Vishnu help him?

As far as I know, Indra and Vritra came to an agreement after the war and became friends. Then why did Indra kill Vritra? And why did Bhagwan Vishnu help him? Did Vritra commit any sinful act?
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What are Parva days and restrictions on cutting trees

When Brahma was distributing Indra's sin of killing Brahmin, he asks trees to take portion. The trees asks for the means how they can be rescued from this. Then, Brahman said, 'This sin that you ...
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"Indra is the position of being the king of the gods which changes in every Manvantara": What does this mean?

Does the above sentence mean that the same God is not identified as "Indra" in every manvantara?
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Gautama and Ahalya: she didn't turn into stone?

Popular Ramayana story describes Rama touching Ahalya, in stone form, and rescuing her. But in Mahabharata, the story is completely different. Gautama asks his son to kill his wife and goes away. His ...
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Indra stopping Janamejaya's Ashwamedha

While talking about Dharma changing with age (Yugas), Yudhistira says Then again, it is seen that when some wicked persons of great might cause certain portions of certain courses of righteous acts ...
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Bali born as ass

Bali, son of Virochana, was pushed to underworld by Vamana. My understanding was he rules there with Vishnu serving as his door keeper. In Mahabharata, a story narrated where Bali was born as ass. ...
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Prahlada becoming a prisoner [duplicate]

Bianca narrates the discourse between Prahlada and Indra, and in that Indra says to Prahlada: Thou art now bound in cords, fallen off from thy former position, brought under the sway of thy foes, and ...
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How was indra worshiped during vedic age?

How was indra worshiped during vedic age, was he worshiped through yagnas mostly?
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How to worship Indra?

How to worship Indra and what is the proper way to worship him, can he only be worshipped through yagna or shamanic ways are allowed ?
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What is the personality of indra in vedas?

In the Puranas Indra is depicted as a bad king of heaven. And sometimes wrathful . But how is he depicted in vedas. I mean what is his personality? There is a story in bhagavad puran. krishna ordered ...
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On which days should one not study the Vedas?

From Brahmanda Purana's Anusanga Pada Chp35 28-30. There are fifteen Vājins. They are the disciples of Yājñavalkya viz.—Kaṇva, Baudheya Madhyandina, his son, Vaidheya, Addha, Bauddhaka, Tāpanīya, ...
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What will happen to Indra's wife Shachi and Indra's mother Aditi when Bali takes over the post of Indra in 8th manvantara? [duplicate]

In the Vamana Avatara, Lord Vishnu had given a boon to Asura king Bali that he would become Indra in the 8th manvantara. So what will happen to Aditi and Shachi? Will they leave the heaven with ...
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Indra Sukta - Which Mandala and Hymn

I was wondering if some one could point the Mandala and the Hymn number for the following Suktam: Prayer to Indra
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Is there any modern interpretation for Indra's curse to women and other entities?

Scriptures say that Indra killed Vishwroopa. It causes a Brahmahatya sin to Indra. Some entities then shared the guilt of Indra. The following passage from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam contains detailed list of ...
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Why sin done by Indra is suffered by all Women?

As discussed here, the sin of Indra is suffered by women. But, why the sin done by someone is suffered by someone else? What I know is, we suffer the result of sinful action so that we can realize the ...
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Is it true that Indra was a supreme God in Vedic time? [duplicate]

Many Indologists say that Indra is the greatest deity in Rigveda. Is it true that Demi God Indra was greater than Shiva and Vishnu ?
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Are there any Hindu stories involving non-artificial weather?

I find the characters in Hinduism rarely discuss the weather, which I find odd.
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Is Maya Dānava the first Dānava?

Maya is mentioned so often and without Dānava parents, it points to him being the first of the Dānava. Has anyone found scripture to say definitively?
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Which Indra was adulterous?

There was a comment posted here, which says: Each day of Brahma has 14 Manvantars and each Manvantar has a different Indra. We are currently in the 7th Manvantar of the 51st day of Brahma and his ...
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What is the inner meaning of the phrase dark wombs (kṛṣṇayonīḥ) in the Rig Vedic mantra II.20.7?

Rig Veda II.20.7 says स वृ॑त्र॒हेन्द्र॑: कृ॒ष्णयो॑नीः पुरंद॒रो दासी॑रैरय॒द्वि । अज॑नय॒न्मन॑वे॒ क्षाम॒पश्च॑ स॒त्रा शंसं॒ यज॑मानस्य तूतोत् ॥७॥ sa vṛtrahendraḥ kṛṣṇayonīḥ purandaro dāsīrairayad vi | ...
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Was the creation of Earth story has roots in the Rig Veda or somewhere else?

Harivamsha in the mahAbharata - bhaviShyaparva Chapter 34 describes as to how viShNu takes varAha avatAra to lift the Earth from Netherworld There is a legend of creation in the Taittiriya Brahmana. ...
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Do Vedas praise today minor gods as Brahman anywhere?

Vedas constantly praise Brahman with various names or superimposing attributes of brahman on various dieties. Like Sri rudram praises Rudra as Brahman,In such manner do they praise Agni,Varuna,Aditi,...
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What does RV 1.156.5 literally mean?

RV 1.156.5 आ यो विवाय सचथाय दैव्य इन्द्राय विष्णुः सुकृते सुकृत्तरः | वेधा अजिन्वत् त्रिषधस्थ आर्यमृतस्य भागे यजमानमाभजत् || Even he the Heavenly One who came for fellowship, Viṣṇu to Indra, godly to ...
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Indra turning to female due to the curse of Trnabindu

Story of Indra turning into female, due to the curse, has been mentioned in the CHAPTER 63: Indra's rescue from the female sex of Narasimha purana. Indra once abducted the Citrasena, the wife of ...
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In which book is the story where Indra became a hog or pig?

This story is here But is this story in the Srimad Bhagavatam or Purana? Thanks
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Are the Pandavas the sons of Gods, or Gods themselves?

I am currently reading the Mahabharata, (Adi Parva) by Bibek Debroy, and it has a Chapter called the Vaivahik Parva, which explains how the Pandavas came to be. The relevant section has been explained ...
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Who is the woman who saw 98 Indras?

Madal is an ancient Indian practice where a lovesick person rejected by their beloved would go around riding on a fake horse made of palmyra stems badmouthing their beloved, in an effort to embarass ...
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Lord Indra ( Life expectancy) [closed]

Rahul Arya, a notable Arya Samaj preacher in his YouTube channel has told Lord Indra lived for 500 years and then he died. He tells that God has made our body in such a manner that a human structure ...
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Why was Agni eulogised as Lord of slayers of VRITRA in Rig Veda III.16.1?

Rig Veda III.16.1, dedicated to AGNI, says: ayamaghniḥ suvīryasyeśe mahaḥ saubhaghasya | rāya īśe svapatyasya ghomata īśe vṛtrahathānām || The translation of this mantra by H.H. Wilson(P.12) is ...
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Were there two Vijaya bows belonging to Indra at time of Mahabharata?

As seen in the answer here , Karna had Vijaya bow. Karna had obtained it from Parashurama, who in turn had obtained it from Indra. But it seems that Rukmi (brother of Rukmini) too had Vijaya bow that ...
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The question is about the timeline of the Mahabharata war in which Krishna summons Vishwakarma...?

The question I have is about the timeline in which Krishna summons Vishwakarma to make the city of Indraprastha for the Pandavas; so, did this occur after the Mahabharata war? Or did that take place ...
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