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Did mountains use to have wings?

Yes. Mountains had wings. When landing, mountains killed innocent beings and disturbed yajnas and without Yajnas Devas had no food. Indra cut their wings with his thunderbolt to solve that problem. ...
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Which Vedic verses describe Indra as Brahman?

Indra is called as the Lord of the Universe, the all pervader and the Supreme Lord in many Vedic verses. Here are some examples from RigVeda: रूपं-रूपं परतिरूपो बभूव तदस्य रूपं परतिचक्षणाय | ...
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Did mountains use to have wings?

Yes, all mountains did have wings in the Krita Yuga. Hanumān, en route to Lanka over the seas in search of Sita, encounters the Maināka mountain in its human form standing on its own peak, and that is ...
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What are some mantras which are dedicated to Lord Indra?

Here is an Agamic mantra (or Tantric mantra) dedicated to Lord Indra taken from the Mantradeva Prakashika. Im IndraYa Hrith | asya Brahmarishi Pangtischandaha Indro DevatA Im Bijam Ayethi ...
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Who is the father of Indra?

The Puranas make Aditi and Kashyap Indra's father but according to Rig Ved Verse 1.164.33 Indra is born of Dyaus and Prithvi - the Sky Father & Earth Mother: 31 I saw the Herdsman, him who ...
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Who eliminated Manmatha - Lord Indra?

No, Lord Rudra is the destroyer of Manmatha. It is told by Sita herself in the Aranya Kanda: यदि पश्येत् स रामः त्वाम् रोष दीप्तेन चक्षुषा । रक्षः त्वम् अद्य निर्दग्धो यथा रुद्रेण मन्मधः ॥ ३-५६-...
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How did Vishnu help Indra in killing Vritra?

The full story is described in Srimad Bhagvata MahaPurana, Skandha 6, Adhyaya 9 to 12. SB 6.9: Appearance of the Demon Vṛtrāsura SB 6.10: The Battle Between the Demigods and Vṛtrāsura SB 6.11: The ...
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What is the meaning of Indra?

what is the meaning of Indra? The exact meaning of word Indra is given in Aitareya Upanishad –Khanda 3 –Chapter 1 –Verse 14. - Page no 32-33 तस्मादिन्द्रो नामेदन्द्रो ह वै नाम | तमिदन्द्रं सन्तमि...
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What is the meaning of Indra?

There are different meaning of the word Indra is given by Yaska in Nirukta 10.8. इन्द्र इरां दृणातीति वाँ। इरां दद्तीति वा। इरां दधातीति वा । इरा दारयतैं इति घा। इरा धारर्थत इति वा । ...
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Why there are numerous contradictions about origin of universe and other creations in Hinduism?

Here is what Adi Shankara says in his commentary regarding the apparent contradictions seen in creation doctrine: It is not possible-- our opponent says--to prove either that Brahman is the cause ...
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What is the story behind Lord Rudra (Shiva) holding the skull of Indra?

This skull could be probably skull of a previous Indra. Rudra at Prakrta Pralaya (dissolution after death of Creator Brahma) burns entire Universe to ashes and wears skulls of Devas as Ornaments. So, ...
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What scriptures describe Indra defeating Asuras using Dadhichi's old horse head?

The story is told in the Brahmanas of the Sama Veda.. Here is what this excerpt from the Jaiminiya Brahmana of the Sama Veda says: Dadhyanch the Atharvana was famous, learned in sacred lore. ...
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Was Vasavi Sakti more powerful than Pasupata?

Here is what Lord Shiva tells while giving Pasupatastra to Arjuna: Bhava replied, 'O powerful one. I will give to thee that favourite weapon of mine called the Pasupata. O son of Pandu, thou art ...
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Does the word "Indrajāla" (Indra's net) have any connection to the god Indra?

Indrajala has been used in various scriptures. It has various meanings as given by OP in question. It is also a name of weapon used by Arjuna as given in Mahabharata: Mahabharata, Book 3, SECTION ...
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What is the story of Indra attacking Lord Shiva on his neck?

The story of Indra hurling Vajra at Rudra's throat is described in Vaishnava Khanda of Skanda Mahapurana. This is how Chapter 14 Kartikamasa Mahatmya, Vaishnava Khanda of Skanda Purana describes the ...
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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?

The story is described in BrahmaVaivarta Purana, Krishna Janma khanda chapter 47. Chapter is named as 'Shattering pride of Indra.' Lord Vishnu takes the form of a Brahmana boy and teaches lesson of ...
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Who is the Rig Vedic god Manyu who resembles Indra?

Wiki is right. Manyu is one of the Rudra among many forms of Rudra. As described in this chapter of Shatapatha Brahamana: And as to why he performs the Satarudriya offering. When Pragâpati had ...
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Did mountains use to have wings?

Yes , its true that formerly mountains had wings. This is described in one of the shloka in Shreemad Bhagvat Purana.in the skanda 8 - SB 8.11: King Indra Annihilates the Demons Verse 34. While ...
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What are some mantras which are dedicated to Lord Indra?

Are there mantras (vedic/tantric/puranic) available for worship of Lord Indra? I found one Mantra in the Paushya Parva of Mahabhrata , Which is hymn in praise of Indra - Indra stuti (इन्द्र स्तुति)...
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How did Vishnu help Indra in killing Vritra?

There is a slightly different version of the story of Vritra as mentioned in the Mahabharata. There Indra is defeated by Vritra, gets advice from Vishnu, befriends Vritra based on that advice, and ...
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Why did Indra marry Shachi, the daughter of an Asura?

Interesting question and a valid one. Why should Indra, the ruler of Devas marry an Asura princess? There is no clear cut answer but the Rigved contains one particular hymn that is spoken by Shachi ...
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Did Indra kill Virochan in the Tārakāmaya War?

Yes, Lord Vishnu Killed Kalanemi and Lord Indra Killed Virochana in Tarakamaya War. It is mentioned in Brahmanda Purana 3.72. 20-21a. It is he by whom all those Daityas were killed in the battle ...
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What is the story of Mahabali's sister's attempt to destroy the world?

I found the answer on page 337 of this book: In fact, most [North Indian] manuscripts replace the name of Manthara with Dirghajihva, "Long-tounged"[.]... Dirghajihva is a rakshasa woman known to ...
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Why did Asuras live on Earth & Devas did not?

Interesting question but let me clear one point first - NOT all Asuras live on earth, in fact the residence of most Asuras is the underworld. The Shatapatha Brahmana 1.2.4 tells us the reason why they ...
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What scriptures say Indra has right/authority to test sages with Kama, Krodha, lobha, Moha, Madha and Matsarya?

The Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa itself mentions the objective of Indra's visit to Gautama's āśrama which was to simply take away the ascetic powers of Gautama. So, contrary to what the speaker in the video says, ...
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Who was the wife of Kaushik who stopped the Sun from rising to save her husband's life?

According to Skanda Purana, Volume 15, Chapter 171, her name was Sandili. According to this chapter, Sage Mandavya was ordered by a King to be impaled though he was not in fault. When Sage Mandavya ...
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Why did Indra steal a wheel from the chariot of Surya?

Lord Indra aided Kutsa in defeating Shushna, Kuyava, and Dasyus by the help of Lord Surya chariot wheel on a single day. This story is mentioned in Rig veda, Mandala 4, Hymn 16. आ द॑स्यु॒घ्ना मन॑सा या...
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Why Devraj Indra was chosen as the king of the Devas?

How Indra became king of Gods? Actually Indra is not the name of any one person rather it’s a post of King of heaven and king of demi gods. On performing some sacrifices number of times or ...
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Which verses for god indra in vedas mention him as friend of all human beings?

It's the translation of 15th Sloka of 32th Sukta of 1st Mandala of Rigveda: इन्द्रो यातोऽवसितस्य राजा शमस्य च शृङ्गिणो वज्रबाहुः। सेदु राजा क्षयति चर्षणीनामरान्न नेमिः परि ता बभूव॥ १.०३२.१५ ...
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