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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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Can vedic gods like Indra or Agni understand English

Can gods mentioned in the vedas like Indra, Varuna, Agni, Vayu understand english. Can you pray to them in English or do you have to strictly stick to sanskrit to pray to them even if you are praying ...
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In rig veda ,what is the whole story of Namuci and why was he killed by indra?

Rig Veda 5.30.9 स्त्रियो॒ हि दा॒स आयु॑धानि च॒क्रे किं मा॑ करन्नब॒ला अ॑स्य॒ सेना॑: । अ॒न्तर्ह्यख्य॑दु॒भे अ॑स्य॒ धेने॒ अथोप॒ प्रैद्यु॒धये॒ दस्यु॒मिन्द्र॑: ॥ स्त्रियो हि दास आयुधानि चक्रे किं मा करन्नबला...
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Who exactly is Rājā Citra here in Rig Veda 8.21.18.?

Sanskrit text [Accents, Plain, Transliterated].: चित्र॒ इद्राजा॑ राज॒का इद॑न्य॒के य॒के सर॑स्वती॒मनु॑ । प॒र्जन्य॑ इव त॒तन॒द्धि वृ॒ष्ट्या स॒हस्र॑म॒युता॒ दद॑त् ॥ चित्र इद्राजा राजका इदन्यके यके सरस्वती...
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What happens to previous Indra after his title of being the king of god's go to the next Indra [duplicate]

What happened to all the previous Indras. Where did they go after completing there duty?
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Among Puranas, is it only Vishnu-oriented Puranas that denigrate Indra?

After being lauded as supreme in rig Veda, Indra is often depicted as a dependent deity in Vishnu-oriented Puranas, turning to Vishnu to save his status, that has been turned into a post that could ...
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What is Indra's appearance within the Rig-Veda?

How is Indra's appearance described within the Rig-Veda? (Only looking for answers from the Rig Veda, not any other Vedas)
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These days it seems most followers of Santana Dharma either focus of Vishnu or Shiva. However Indra is called king of the Gods. Why?

Why are Vishnu and Shiva the main Gods worshiped now in Hinduism when in the Vedas Indra is considered King of the Gods, but is now a minor God? This issue comes up in comparative religion of pre- ...
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what is the name of this tilaka?

I have seen many representations in media of this tilaka where there is a tripundra over which an urdhva namam is drawn. it seems like what people not affiliated with a certain shaiva or vaishnava ...
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Did Arjun become favourite of Krishna because of Indra?

I read somwhere that Indra had asked Krishna to take care of his(Indra's) son Arjun when Indra met Krishna at the time when Krishna lifted the Govardhan. So, Was it because of Indra, Arjun became ...
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Is Indra, Shiva?

I was wondering how this evolved during times. How Indra disappeared instead of Rudra, or Shiva ...or even Vishnu? Is Shiva , Indra and vice-versa?
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What's the relationship between the importance of understanding Vedas properly and Vritrasura incident?

Vritrasura is a demon in the Vedic and Puranic literature, who is killed by Indra. I heard someone saying that there is some relation between this story and the importance of understanding the Vedas ...
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Is Rig Vedic Indra only Sri Rama?

According to Rig Veda (and other Vedas) Indra is the all pervading and supreme being: In every figure he [Indra] hath been the mode... Indra assumes many form by his Maya (6.47.18) He who is Lord of ...
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What is the story of Indra attacking Lord Shiva using wolves?

In this chapter of Harivamsha Parva of Mahabharata, Rishi Kashyap composes a stotra praising Lord Shiva. The stotra describes various attributes and deeds of Lord Shiva. The stotra in one place ...
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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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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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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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