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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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Did mountains use to have wings?

I heard that in Ramayana it is stated that mountains used to have wings at one point, then somehow all the mountains lost their wings, except for one mountain which was between India and Sri Lanka. ...
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What happened to Karna's Kavach & Kundal?

In Mahabharat, Karna was the son of Lord Sun. The Sun has given him Kavach (Breastplate Armor) & Kundal (Ear-rings) to protect him. This Kavach & Kundal were attached to his body. As long as ...
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What made Indra the king of Svargalok?

Svargalok is considered as a place where good people reside. From the wiki - Svarga is seen as a transitory place for righteous souls who have performed good deeds in their lives. However, many ...
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What is the story of Mahabali's sister's attempt to destroy the world?

In the Bala Kanda of the Ramayana, Rama is hesistant to kill the Rakshasi (demoness) Thataka because she's a woman, but the sage Vishwamitra tells him that even Indra king of the gods has fought women ...
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When was Mahabali (Asura King Bali) booned about being the next Indra?

I read in a question about the fact that the Asura King Bali will be the next Indra and that he is still alive. Untill now, I have only heard of the story of the Vamana incarnation of Lord Vishnu ...
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Who were the previous Indras that incarnated as the Pandavas?

It's well-known that the Pandavas were all sons of gods: Yudhishthira was the son of Yama god of death, Bhima was the son of Vayu the wind god, Arjuna was the son of Indra king of the gods, and Nakula ...
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Did Trisiras predict his own death in a Vedic hymn?

Trisiras (AKA Vishwarupa) was the three-headed son of the divine architect Tvashta (AKA Vishwakarma). He was extremely devout, even serving as temporary guru of the gods when Brihaspati had abandoned ...
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What is the story of Brahma forgetting his knowledge after teaching Indra?

The Rahasyatraya Sara is a work by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan, concerning the meaning of the Rahasya Traya or three secrets of the Sri Vaishnava sect (of which I'm a member). (One of ...
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Which Vedic verses describe Indra as Brahman?

Which Vedic verses describe Indra as Brahman? Or as creator of universe or as source of universe or as someone who pervades whole universe?
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What is the story behind Lord Rudra (Shiva) holding the skull of Indra?

I read the extract as shown in the image below from Vayuviya Samhita Chapter 14 of Shiva Purana: In the verse # 9 (the highlighted one), it is said that: He (Lord Rudra) is brilliant holding the ...
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What are some mantras which are dedicated to Lord Indra?

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/...
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Story of Purandara Indra

Every kalpa has 14 manvantaras and each manvantara has an Indra. Name of current Indra is Purandhara. Anybody knows, previous life of the current Indra Purandara? How exactly he became qualified to ...
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Why there are numerous contradictions about origin of universe and other creations in Hinduism?

Rig Veda 10.90 says Earth, Sky, heaven, and other creatures were created from Purusha's body. Yajur Veda 14.28 says something different. With one they praised; creatures were produced…With five ...
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What scriptures say Indra has right/authority to test sages with Kama, Krodha, lobha, Moha, Madha and Matsarya?

Mylavarapu Srinivasa Rao is a well-known scholar of Hinduism and its philosphy in Telugu states. He talks about Greatness of Indra in this video (in Telugu). He says Indra is king of all Devas who ...
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What is the duty of Indra? What is Indraloka?

What is the duty of Indra given by God & what is in Indraloka that all rakhshasas and asuras want to win Indraloka? Do they get any power if they win Indraloka or is there anything like whoever ...
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Why did Indra deliver Sanyasis to the wolves as the Kaushitaki Upanishad says?

In chapter 3 of the Kaushitaki Upanishad, the prince Pratardana, son of the famous king Divodasa and seer of a Vedic hymn as I discuss here, dies and goes to Devaloka (heaven), where he meets Indra. ...
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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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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 is the meaning of Indra?

Like there is a meaning of the word Shiva which is explained here, what is the meaning of Indra?
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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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Was the story of adultery of Indra in the story of Ahalya a PRAKSHIPTA?

If Lord Indra is a "womaniser" as described as in the Puranic Literature, can anyone tell as to how many women fall prey to him? Only Ahalya's story occurs to me. So we have to closely examine the ...
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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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Why did Lord Rama accept Indra's rath (chariot) in the Ramayana?

In Ramayana, when Lord Rama was about to kill Ravana, Indra sent his glorious and prestigious rath (chariot) to aid Lord Rama. While taking leave from Ayodhya, Lord Rama had promised his father ...
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Why Devraj Indra was chosen as the king of the Devas? [duplicate]

How Devraj Indra became the king of all Devas? I mean how and why he was chosen as the king?
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What scriptures describe Indra defeating Asuras using Dadhichi's old horse head?

As you can see in the Rig Veda Anukramani in my answer here, Rig Veda Book 1 Hymn 84 was heard by the sage Gautama and it's addressed to Indra. In any case, here are two of the verses of the hymn: ...
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What is the story of Indra attacking Lord Shiva on his neck?

In this chapter of Anushashana Parva of Mahabharata Lord Shiva tells the reason why his neck is blue. He states: देवकार्यार्थ सिद्ध्धयर्थम् पिनाकं मे करे स्थितम् ।। इन्द्रेण च पुरा वज्रं क्षिप्तं ...
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Why are Apsaras always sent to distract sages?

Why are Apsaras frequently sent to distract a sage from his ascetic practices? This theme seems to appear over and over again in many Puranic stories. Is there any significance attached to this theme ...
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Who is the Brahmana changed into a woman in the Rig Veda?

As you can see in the Rig Veda Anukramani compiled in my answer here, Book 8 Hymn 33 of the Rig Veda was heard from the gods by the sage Medhyatithi, a descendant of the sage Kanva, and it's addressed ...
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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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Is Indradhanush really bow of Indra?

This question came to my mind when I heard/noticed about Indradhanush (hindi/Sanskrit name for Rainbow). So If Indradhanush is really Bow of Indra does it have a significance? Scientifically ...
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Did Indra kill Virochan in the Tārakāmaya War?

The war between Devas and Demons fought for the custody of Tara, Brihaspati's wife who had been abducted by Chandra is known as the Tārakāmaya War and it is given in detail in Chapter 6 of the Vishnu ...
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Who spoke the Lakshmi ashtakam & did Lakshmi really kill Kolhasura?

The Lakshmi Ashtakam which starts as Indra uvācha: Namosthesthu Maha Maye, Sree peede, sura poojithe, Sanka , chakra, Gadha hasthe, Maha Lakshmi Namosthuthe. 1 Namasthe ...
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Who is the father of Indra?

I've always heard about the mother of the devas or precisely Indra that is Aditi. But who according to Hinduism is the father of Indra?
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How did Vishnu help Indra in killing Vritra?

The Verse 6.20.2 of Rigved says that Indra 'leagued' with Vishnu to destroy Vritra: 2 Even as the power of Dyaus, to thee, O Indra, all Asura sway was by the Gods entrusted, When thou, Impetuous! ...
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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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Why did Indra marry Shachi, the daughter of an Asura?

Shachi is daughter of an Asura Puloma, and is thus an Asuri. Shakra fights always with the Asuras, yet He married Shachi. And Shachi is now become a Goddess. Why did Maghavat marry daughter of an ...
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What is the origin of the story where Vishnu disguises himself as a boy and gives Indra a lesson on impermanence?

As described here: http://mesosyn.com/myth2h-2.html I've found the info that it comes from Brahmavaivarta Purana but this doesn't seem right as I've scanned through it and haven't found it.
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Why did Indra steal a wheel from the chariot of Surya?

The Rigved verse 5.29.10 talks about an interesting incident: 9 What time ye came with strong steeds swiftly speeding, O Uśanā and Indra, to the dwelling, Thou camest thither -conquering together ...
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Who is Indra's friend Vrishakapi whom Shachi doesn't like?

Indra is mostly portrayed as a warrior in the Vedas but there is one verse that talks about his domestic troubles in a rather human fashion. Rig Ved verse 10.86 gives us this interesting story where ...
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Were both the MAYAs mentioned in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata one and the same (or) different?

1) A demon architect by name Maya, who was killed by Indra. This story comes in Kishkinda Kanda. मयो नाम महातेजा मायावी दानवर्षभः || ४-५१-१० तेन इदम् निर्मितम् सर्वम् मायया कांचनम् वनम् | ...
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Who was the wife of Kaushik who stopped the Sun from rising to save her husband's life?

Markandeya Purana mentions the story of a Brahmin named Kaushik who got the following curse from sage Mandavya: "That sinful wretch of a man, by whom, I sorely afflicted and reduced to a miserable ...
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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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Which scripture mention Race among the Gods to marry Ahalya?

Nearly everyone knows the famous story of Adulteration of Indra with Ahalya. But there is a story of how Ahalya was married to Gautama Rishi. I have heard there was competition among Gods to marry ...
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How did Indra use deception to defeat Prahlada's son Virochana?

In the Shalya Parva of the Mahabharata, right before Bhima's famous mace battle with Duryodhana, Krishna tells Arjuna that Bhima should fight unfairly, as that's the only way to defeat Duryodhana. He ...
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Is there any relation or similarity between Rudra & Indra?

According to Tejaswee's Answer on What is the Vedic Origin of Lord Shiva?: Similarly, Indra is also a manifestation of Lord Rudra. AtharvaVeda calls Rudra as slayer of Vritta which is actually ...
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What scriptures describe the Rishi Shalihotra cutting the wings off of horses?

The Ashva Shastra is a work of unknown authorship about the nature and proper care of horses. Now this chapter of the Ashva Shastra says that there used to be winged horses, but then Indra asked the ...
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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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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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Where do the Vedas say that a single Vajapeya Yagna will make you the next Indra?

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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Did Dasharatha fight against the same demon Shambara described in the Rig Veda?

In the Ayodhya Kanda of the Ramayana, Kaikeyii's evil servant Manthara convinces Kaikeyii to exile Rama and make her son Bharata as king. Manthara reminds Kaikeyii that she had received two boons ...