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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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How can Sage Kashyap marry daughters of Daksha, even they are parallel cousins?

I found a really interesting discussion named Father of Indra, which I never thought about the birth of Indra and Sun god. Credits to the user. Here my question is, according to sanatana dharma it ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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,...
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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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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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Why was Indra afraid of Himalaya's devotion to Shiva?

Was there a reason Indra being afraid of Himalaya's devotion to Shiva ?
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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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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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Vishwamitra & Indra were enemies so why does the Brahmarishi sing verses in praise of Indra?

The entire story of Vishwamitra's ascension to Brahmarishi status is dotted with his conflicts with Devas especially Indra. Indra sent Menaka to disturb the rishi's penance and the Satyavrat episode ...
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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 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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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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Why did Tvastar, the father of Vritra fashion the Vajra that killed his own son?

The Shatpatha Brahmana states that Vritra was created by Tvastar to avenge the killing of Trisiras by Indra. However, many verses in RV call Tvastar the creator of Vajra for example Rigved 1.32.1 says:...
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What is the story of Indra relearning the Vedas from Vishwamitra?

This chapter of the Shatapatha Brahmana of the Yajur Veda describes the Subrahmanya hymn, which despite its name has no connection to Shiva's son. It's a hymn recited in the beginning of Yagnas in ...
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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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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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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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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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Was Indra born from his mother's side and did she die in child-birth?

Rig Ved Book 4 Hymn 18 is really interesting. It begins with the following declaration (quoting from the Griffith translation): THIS is the ancient and accepted pathway by which all Gods have ...
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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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How many Lord Indra temples are there in India?

Are there any temples in India which are exclusively dedicated to Lord Indra? If yes, then where are those temples located? If no, what are the reasons for Lord Indra not having temples dedicated ...
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Is there a relation between Gadhi, the Kaushik incarnation of Indra and Ahalya?

Indra, in the Subramanaya invocation is referred to as both Kaushik, one who calls him Gautama as well as the lover of Ahalya (Shatpatha Brahman relevant chapter). While the part about Gautam and ...
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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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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 are the weapons used by Indra other than Vajra

This question is related to Rainbow question in which I ask about the validity of the word Indra-Dhanusha in Hindu Mythology. I want to know what are the other weapons Indra has since he is DevaRaja ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Did Indra kill his step-mother Danu, the mother of Danavs?

Like Aditi, the mother of Adityas (including Indra), Danu is one of the wives of Kashyap Rishi who is the mother of Danavs. This Rigvedic Verse that describes the killing of the dragon Vritra by Indra ...
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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? [closed]

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 ...