As Sundarkandnirnay - 2 says
Mainak parvat had wings. Earlier all the mountains had wings. They out of pride, started flying in the air and settling down at their will. This caused inconvenience to the people at large. Hence Indra cut the wings of all the mountains.
But Mainak, the golden parvat, 100 yojana in width, took shelter of vayu and then ...
Indra is not the name of a person, its the name of a post, same with all other Lords and Gods.
Same is with Trishanku, who is considered as a future candidate for Indra padavi, Hanuma is awarded as a future Brahma for his countless Rama Nama Japam.
The person holding Indra's post will be changed after his term is completed. Until then he can do whatever he ...
The story is described in this chapter of the Srimad Bhagavatam. Most people only know about how Vishnu's incarnation Vamana the dwarf took two steps, and then told Mahabali that there was no room for the third step, whereupon Mahabali offered his own head for the third step. What is not as well-known, however, is that Vishnu was so pleased at Mahabali's ...
The present Indra became king of the three worlds by performing a 100 Ashwamedha Yagnas (horse rituals), as described in this chapter of the Shanti Parva of the Mahabharata:
It is heard, O Partha, that the gods and the Asuras fought against each other. The Asuras were the elder, and the gods the younger brothers. Covetous of prosperity, fierce was the ...
The story of Ahalya is authentic. Here's what this chapter of the Shatapatha Brahmana of the Yajur Veda says:
Thereupon he recites the Subrahmanyâ litany. Even as one would say to those for whom he intends to prepare a meal, 'On such and such a day I will prepare a meal for you;' so does he thereby announce the sacrifice to the gods. 'Subrahmanyôm! ...
Indra's father is the sage Kashyapa, son of the sage Marichi who is one of the mind-born sons of Brahma. Kashyapa married numerous daughters of Brahma's other son Daksha, including Aditi, mother of the twelve Adityas which include Indra. This is confirmed in numerous scriptures. Here is what the Aranya Kanda of the Ramayana says, for instance:
Of them ...
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 |
इन्द्रो मायाभिः पुरुरूप ईयते युक्ता हयस्य हरयःशता दश || (RigVeda 6.47.18)
In every figure he hath been the mode: this is his only form for us to look on. Indra ...
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. This is described in Chapter 4 of Setu Mahatmya-Brahma Khanda of Skanda Purana .
Sri Süta said:
53b-58. Formerly all the mountains had wings. They had ...
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 never stumbles, approaching by his pathways and departing. He, clothed with gathered and diffusive splendour, within the worlds continually travels.
32 He who ...
Yes, he did.
I found the answer in this excerpt from the sixth Adhyaya of the Brihaddevata, an ancient work by the sage Shaunaka that describes the different gods that Rig Vedic verses are addressed to and the stories of how those verses were heard from the gods. Here is what it says about the hymn (Book 10 Hymn 8) I quoted above:
Trisiras son of ...
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 when Maināka introduces himself to Hanumān as the only mountain currently left with its wings still intact.
Vālmiki narrates the following in Sundara Kanda, ...
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 capable of holding, hurling, and withdrawing it. Neither the chief himself of the gods, nor Yama, nor the king of the Yakshas, nor Varuna, nor Vayu, knoweth it. How ...
First let's establish that Rama did in fact take Indra's chariot. The incident is described in the Yuddha Kanda of the Ramayana:
Ravana for his part, standing in his chariot struck Rama with thunderbolt-like arrows, as a cloud strikes gushes of rain on a huge mountain. With an attentive mind, Rama showered golden decked arrows, looking like blazing ...
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 story.
Formerly Sakra went to the Kailasa mountain to pay a visit to Siva. He was surrounded by all the Devas and accompanied by groups of
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 Transcendental Qualities of Vṛtrāsura
SB 6.12: Vṛtrāsura’s Glorious Death
SB 6.9.18 — That very fearful demon, who was actually the son of Tvaṣṭā, covered all the ...
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 called Tarakamaya (the war caused by the abduction of Tara by Candra) after adopting a body consisting of (the essential spirit of) all Devas and holding all ...
Not sure but I think apsaras had came in from the Samudra-Manthan. During that time as division was going on so Devas got the apsaras. Some famous apsaras are Rambha, Menka, Urvashi. Some of their famous stories can be following:
Menaka was sent to woo Rishi Vishwamitra such that he does not do penance and become Bramharishi. Rishi Vishwamitra was trapped ...
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 do not live in the same place:
The gods and the Asuras, both of them sprung from Pragâpati,were contending for superiority. The gods vanquished the ...
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 ॥ ३-५६-१०
If he that Rama glances you with his rancour-torched eyes, you demon, you will be completely burnt down now itself, as with Manmatha burnt down by Rudra....
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, there could be a chance that this skull belongs to some previous Indra.
Chapter 46, Uttara Bhaga of Kurma Purana mentions Prakrta Pralaya in detail and says ...
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. Whenever any of the Asuras espied him from afar then these were laid low and lost their heads. And he went up to heaven. Indra pushed by Asuras and Ashvins' said: "...
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). See P.41.
You can read the story from above link.
150 तरीण्य अर्पितान्य अत्र शतानि मध्ये; षष्टिश च नित्यं चरति धरुवे
चक्रे चतुर्विंशतिपर्व ...
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 Shaktihi |
Im Indraya namaha, for this mantra the Rishi is BrahmA, Chandah is
Pangti, Devata is Indra, Bija is Im, and Aya is the Shakti.
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 सन्तमिन्द्र
इत्याचक्षते परोक्षेण | परोक्षप्रिया इव हि देवा: परोक्षप्रिया इव हि
tasmAdidandro nAmedandro ha vai nAma . tamidandra.n santami.ndra
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 ।
इन्दवे द्रर्वतीति वा ।
इन्दी रमत इति वा ।
इन्धे भूतानीति वा ।
तद्यदेनं प्राणैः समैनैधंस्तदिन्द्रस्येन्द्रत्वैम् ।।
इति विज्ञायैते ।
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 penances , any man can go to heaven and can obtain position of the king of heaven Or king of gods. For e.g. doing Hundred
Ashwamedha Yajnas one can attain the ...
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 herself and which gives an insight into what could have happened.
In Verse 159, Book 10 of Rigved Shachi states that there was some competition for Indra's ...
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 of the origin, &c. of the world, or that all Vedânta-texts refer to Brahman; because we observe that the Vedânta-texts contradict one another. All the ...
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 impermanence to Indra. Some verses from that chapter are:
Brahmana said: O Hari!, I have come to meet you after coming to know about the construction of this ...