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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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Who was Rishi Etesha and why was he racing with Surya?

I had earlier asked a question on Indra taking away a wheel from Surya's chariot and from the answer by Pushkar it turned out that he had done that to help his friend Rishi Etesha: There was ...
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Indra's name as Shatakratu [duplicate]

Devendra got the seat of heaven only after performing 100 Yajnas. So, he is known as Shatakratu. What was he before and any details of the Yajnas he performed is available in Purana ?
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Have Devas like Indra, Agni, Varun ever done tapasya in order to counter attack Asuras?

We all know that asuras like Mahisasura, Hiranyakashipu, Tarakasur and many others did severe tapasya to impress either Brahma, Vishnu or Mahesh in order to seek various powers/boon so that they could ...
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Why Indra is not worshiped in general regular worship?

We have story where Lord Brahma was cursed by Lord Shiva and Sage Bhrigu as discussed here. And due to this reason(s), Lord Brahma is not worshiped in general regular worship. Is there any similar ...
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Why is Indra referred to as 'Sahasraksha' in Valmiki Ramayana?

I was reading the Indra Ahalya incident in Valmiki Ramayana and other parts. I see that Valmiki has referred Indra as 'Sahasraksh' most of the times. 'Sahasraksh' meaning one with thousand eyes. I am ...
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What is the story of Indra going to Nara-Narayana Rishis for aid, as mentioned in Mahabharata?

I know that Bhishma narrates this story to Duryodhana. Please give me the reference from the Mahabharata if you can. It would help.
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Indra and Vritra – The Tale of the Vajrayudha

The legend is as follows: Indra, the King of the Devas, was once driven out of Devaloka by an asura named Vritra. This asura was the recipient of a boon which made him invulnerable to any known ...
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Do scriptures mention Indra's age when he destroyed Shambhara?

While reading the Atharva Veda I came across this interesting hymn to Indra that mentions: He who discovered in the fortieth autumn Sambara dwelling in the midst of mountains: Who slew the ...
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Is Indra being a temporary post described in Vedas?

I'm asking from all four part of Vedas, was Indra ever changed?
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Reason for friendship between Indra and Takshaka

Takshaka and Indra are friends as per Mahabharata Khandava Vana burning episode. Is there any specific reason for their friendship?
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What is the story of Indra restoring the vitality of Shashvati's husband?

Rig Veda Book 8 Hymn 1 is dedicated to Indra and sings his glories while calling him to partake of the soma juice being prepared for his sake. The ast verse of the hymn mentions something like this: ...
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What are the details of the story of Indra giving the Crest-jewel(chudamani) to king Janka?

The son of the wind-god,Hanuman, apprised Sri Rama(avatar of god Vishnu) about the discovery of Sita(avatar of goddess Lakshmi),on returning to Kishkindha (from Lanka).Then Hanuman delivered to Sri ...
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What was the name of the Sage in the story narrated by Sita?

Sita narrated an old episode about a Sage(Rishi) to Sri Rama, in the Dandaka forest.The narration is as under:- Once upon a time, oh, dexterous one, there was a pious and true worded hermit in some ...
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Why is Indra known as Vaikuntha in some Rigvedic verses?

Rig Veda Book 10 Verse 48 refers to Indra as Indra Vaikuntha. From what I understand, Vaikuntha was also the name of an incarnation of Lord Vishnu in the Raivat Manvantar though the Indra then was ...
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Is the verse about Indra forcing himself upon Ahalyā present in the Critical Edition of Rāmāyaṇa?

The translation of Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa on this site says Indra forced himself upon Ahalyā: BOOK 7: UTTARA KANDA SECTION 35 ... Thereupon she propitiated the ascetic Gautama saying, "O ...
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How do gods decide when to incarnate and when to assume a human form bypassing the birthing process?

In both Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata, we see Indra taking a human form during what appears to be emergency situations. When Indra wants to rob Gautama off of his ascetic power he suddenly decides to take ...
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Was Śatānanda the son of Gautama or Indra?

It is generally believed that Śatānanda was the son of Gautama and Ahalyā. But was Śatānanda born before Indra had the brief affair with Ahalyā? How do we know Śatānanda was not the son of ...
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Did Indra or Rama kill Trisiras?

As you will guess I am very new to hinduist culture. I am doing a bit of research on Trisiras and I am having a hard time figuring out why I sometimes read mentions of Rama killing him, while he is ...
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What is the story of Prahlada being slain by Indra?

In Mahabharata, Santi Parva, SECTION XCVIII, it is said by Indra himself that he has slain Prahlada. Having slain in battle Jambha, Vritra, Vala, Paka, Satamaya, Virochana, the irresistible Namuchi,...
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Story where Puloman was killed by Indrani's future husband Indra?

As per wiki/Shachi: Puloman, an Asura who was killed by Indrani's future husband, Indra. But as per UTTARA KANDA of Valmiki Ramayana, Puloman (or Puloma) saves Jayanta (Indra's son) in Ravana/...
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Why did Vishnu need to incarnate as the son of Jamadagni to defeat Sahastrarjuna? Why not just kill him himself (using his true form)?

The question is based on this quote from Mahabharata (Vana Parva Section 115) And grown resistless by the virtue of a granted boon, he ever mounted on that car, trampled upon gods and Yakshas and ...
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What is the story of Pushkaravarta clouds that cause Pralaya?

I came across this term while reading the Meghdootam by Kalidas. Pushkaravarta is the name of the flood clouds of the world-destroying deluge. This commentary on the book states: Indra is the king ...
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How are trees sharing Indra's guilt?

As given in puranic stories, Indra shared His guilt of killing a Brahmana among Women, Trees, Water and Earth. The below verse tells the guilt shared by trees: तुर्यं छेदविरोहेण वरेण जगृहुर्द्रुमा...
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What does the recitation at the beginning of this sukta say? (RV I.32)

What does the recitation at the beginning of this sukta say? Edit: What does it say in the video, Before rishi, Chanda and devata? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUnywXQ6a5M This is Rig Veda, ...
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Is Indra not included in twelve Adityas?

As per this answer: अष्टउवसव ,एकादश रुद्रा ,द्वादशादित्यास् , तएकत्रिंशद् , इन्द्रश्चैवप्रजापतिश्च त्रयस्त्रिंशाविति Eight Vasus, eleven Rudras, twelve Adityas. These are thirty one, Indra ...
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Who is the Rig Vedic god Manyu who resembles Indra?

Rig Veda Book 10 Verse 83 mentions someone called Manyu while describing the exploits of Indra: HE who hath reverenced thee, Manyu, destructive bolt, breeds for himself forthwith all conquering ...
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Who is Kutsa and how did Indra beat him?

Book 4 Hymn 26 of the Rig Veda says begins with this verse: aham manur abhavaṃ sūryaś cāhaṃ kakṣīvāṃ ṛṣir asmi vipraḥ | ahaṃ kutsam ārjuneyaṃ ny ṝñje 'haṃ kavir uśanā paśyatā mā || I WAS ...
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What is the story of Indra, Kutsa & the Gandharva?

Rigveda Book 8 Hymn 1 mentions the following: 11 When Sūra wounded Etaśa, with Vāta's rolling winged car. Indra bore Kutsa Ārjuneya off, and mocked Gandharva. the unconquered One. 12 He ...
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Who are the parents of Indra and Brahma mentioned by Basava?

The term "Shaivite" is overused nowadays. For instance, Iyer Brahmins are often called Shaivites, but they're actually followers of Adi Shankaracharya's Smartha sect (which I discuss here and here) ...
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Why Indra should be respected after looking at his affairs?

Indra is highly extolled in Vedas. From various stories, including Brahmana we find his various illicit relationships with other's wife. These stories make me to think why Vedas or scriptures giving ...
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Why no one ever tried to stop Indra from disturbing penance?

Indra has tried to disturb penance of many including Demons (Hiranya Kashyapu, Ravana etc.), saints (Vishvamitra, Narada etc.) and even of small kid (Dhruva). The list is so long. And this thing also ...
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Discrepancy in Valmiki Ramayana

I was browsing two sites of translation of Valmiki Ramayana, while engaging in a debate with a western-colonized feminist on Ahalya. Nevertheless, she was defeated because she didn't even have the ...
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What is the story of Indra being turned into an elephant by Saraswati?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just went to the Varadaraja Perumal Vishnu temple in Kanchipuram. It's such an important temple that Sri Vaishnavas refer to it simply as "Perumal Koil" or "the ...
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What is the story behind the name of Indrajit?

What is the story of Indrajit (Meghanada) who defeated Indra and hence received his title.
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Which verses for god indra in vedas mention him as friend of all human beings?

Which verses for god indra in vedas mention him as friend of all human beings? His myths and adventures in the Vedic literature are numerous, ranging from harnessing the rains, cutting through ...
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Is Indra of the Vedas the rain god Indra?

After seeing the answer here, I have a feeling that the Indra of the Vedas is not the rain god Indra we have in the Puranas. Do any verses in the Vedas show the Indra mentioned there is the same as ...
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Do the Vedas say that Indra can grant moksha?

According to the History teacher in my school, Indra can grant moksha according to the Vedas. Now this seems very appalling to me since Indra is not the supreme God. So is she right?
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What curse did Earth, Water, and Trees get by taking Indra's sin of Brahmahatya of Viśvarūpa upon themselves?

I learnt that women got menstruation for taking 1/4th of Indra's sin of Brahmahatya. What curse did the other three entities get?
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Is Indra the chief god of the Vedas?

While some puranas describe Indra as a devotee of Lord Vishnu or other gods, the Vedas, in contrast depict Lord Indra as the most important gods. This is visible across the length and breadth of the ...
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Why is Lord Vishnu referred to as Upendra in the Vedas?

"Upendra" means friend or helper of Lord Indra. However, in Puranic stories the same is reversed. But we consider Vedas as higher pramanam than Puranas. Why do the Vedas describe Lord Vishnu as ...
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Why did Indra flee after slaying Vritra and why did he cook dog meat?

Rigveda I.32 gives a detailed account of famous Indra and Vritra battle. After killing Vritra and his mother Danu, however, Indra flees the battle scene. I.32 Whom did you see, Indra, as the ...
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Can anyone provide me the English transliteration of the famous hymn sung by Lord Indra to Mother Lakshmi in the Vishnu Purana?

There is a famous hymn sung by Lord Indra to Mother Lakshmi in the Vishnu Purana (Book 1, Chapter 9) after the Devas had regained immortality. Could anyone provide me the English translation ...
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Why do the Krodhavasas take away the merits of people with dogs?

When Indra comes to take Yuddhisthira to Swarga, the latter refuses to go without the dog who has been accompanying him all this while: "Yudhishthira said, ‘O thou of a 1,000 eyes. O thou that art ...
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What happens to Indrani?

If being an Indra is just a post, what happens to Indrani(wife of Indra), after the current Indra's post is removed? Will she continue to be the wife of the next Indra too?
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How come Tvasta did a Yajna to kill Indra by praising Indra Himself?

In Rigveda, Tvashta performed a Yajna to kill Indra after he got to know that his son Visvaroopa was killed by Indra. This yajna ensued birth of demon Vritra. In Yajna a sacrificer recites some verse ...
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Why Lord vishnu praises and lauds Indra deva s majesty according to Rig veda?

There are some verses In Rig veda which says Lord vishnu extols Indra deva s majesty like- when visnu,through thine(Indra's)energy,strode wide those three great steps of his,then thy two ...
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Who did Indra receive a prophecy from in a golden ship?

This excerpt from the Baudhayana Shrauta Sutras, a text associated with the Yajur Veda, describes an interesting story involving a war between the Devas and the Asuras: When gods and demons fought ...
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What is the story of Indra putting everyone to sleep?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school. But there are five other Astika or orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy: Purva Mimamsa, Samkhya,...
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Will Bali become the King of heaven? [duplicate]

On Vahmana incarnation of Lord Vishnu, He went to King Bali to get all lokas from him. After taking all lokas and Bali himsef from him He got pleased by Bali's comitment (vachan palana) and grant him ...
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What is the story of the Asura Dhanvi attaining the position of Indra?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school. But there are five other Astika or orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy: Purva Mimamsa, Samkhya,...