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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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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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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 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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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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How many indra are there till now?

I came to know that "Indra" is nothing but a designation/post given to a person. so I want to know that how many Indra are there till now and what was there family background (like there real name,...
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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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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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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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Were Vali and Sri Rama of same age?

As per Sargas 15-17 of Srimad Ramayana, after Lord Vishnu agreed to take birth as a son of King Dasaratha, Lord Brahma ordered as follows: (The Gods become progenitors of Vanara heroes at the dictate ...
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Was Vasavi Sakti more powerful than Pasupata?

During the Kurukshetra war, after Karna killed Ghatotkhasa with the Vasavi Sakti weapon; Krishna started dancing. Seeing this Bhima asked why he did so when the son of Bhima was killed. To this ...
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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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Does the word “Indrajāla” (Indra's net) have any connection to the god Indra?

Does the Sanskrit word Indrajāla (Indra's net) have any connection to Indra or Arjuna? Has this word been used in any Hindu scripture? If so in what context? This Sanskrit dictionary suggests the ...
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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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How much Tapas should one do for Indra to send down an Apsara for him?

Indra frequently sends down Apsaras for men who try to do lots of Tapas to distract them. Suppose one wants to intentionally get an Apsara. How much Tapas should one do for Indra to send down an ...
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Who is the ruler of Earth?

For Brahma loka it is Brahma, for Vaikunta it is Lord Vishnu and for Kailash it is Lord Shiva, for Heaven it is Indra. In a similar way, who is the ruler of the Earth? Is it Lord Vishnu because Earth ...
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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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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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Who obtained Karna's kavach and kundala?

In the Tamil book, Villibharatham, it is mentioned that it was Lord Krishna who disguised himself as a Brahmin to obtain the kavach and kundala of Karna. This view is made popular by this movie song ...
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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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Does the fruit of Mantra Japa automatically go to Indra if Japa Samarpana Mantra is not chanted?

Please let me know does all the mantra chanting energy go to Indra, if we don't chant the below Samarpanam mantra after mantra chanting: Devta: गुह्याति-गुह्य-गोप्ता-त्वं गृहाणास्मितकृतम् जपं। सिद्धि...
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Why did Sri Krishna say he is Indra among Devatas?

Sri Krishna, while equating himself with greatest among all living beings and non-living things among various sects, says in Bhagavad Gita as follows: आदित्यानामहं विष्णुर्ज्योतिषां रविरंशुमान्। मरी...
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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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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 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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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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Are Devas like Indra god?

I heard many stories about deeds of Indra and other gods in Puranas. For e.g. rape of Ahilya by Indra, rape of Tara by Saima etc. So my question is how can a God do this? Are they really God? If ...
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When does all water become impure as a result of sharing Indra's guilt of brahminicide?

As per the Puranic story being discussed in this post Indra, after killing the demon called Vritra, acquired the brahmahatya dosha. His gulit was thereafter shared by women, earth, water and the trees....
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Is there any link between Indra and Subrahmanya (Skanda)?

The following is from Rig Veda (VII.20.5) वर्षा जजान वर्षणं रणाय तमु चिन नारी नर्यं ससूव | पर यः सेनानीरध नर्भ्यो अस्तीनः सत्वा गवेषणः स धर्ष्णुः || A Bull begat the Bull for joy of ...
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What is the mystery behind Sage Vāmadeva fighting with Indra?

According to Bṛhaddevatā, Indra, immediately on his birth, fought with Sage Vāmadeva for 10 days and nights. What is the mystery behind Sage Vāmadeva fighting with Indra?
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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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Who was the earliest Vedic scholar to claim that only Indra and no other Deva is Brahman?

Many people today are saying that Indra is the supreme Brahman. This theory is primarily advocated by people who reject the Upanishads and believe that the Rig Veda Samhita is the only true Veda. Did ...
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Verses for detachment from Arishadvarga or Shadripu?

Verses for detachment from Arishadvarga or Shadripu: Lust (Kama) Anger (Krodha) Greed (Lobha) Arrogance (Mada) Attachment (Moha) Jealousy (Matsarya) स्त्रीष्वध्यासितचित्तस्य ये पुंसः शुक्रबिन्दवः। ...

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