Preacher (धर्मोपदेशक) Spirituality

Indra – The God of Rain

The 18th Sukta of the fourth mandala of the Rigveda shows the birth and life of Indra. His mother’s name was Aditi. It is said that Indra had stayed in her mother’s womb for a long time, due to which Aditi had to suffer enough. But because of being in the womb for a long time, he became very powerful and mighty. When Indra was born, a demon named Kushwa tried to make him his grass but in Indra he killed him in a thread.

Lord Indra is mostly depicted as the Lord Indra riding Airavata and holding vajra as well as the bow which is Rainbow. He is also shown holding the bow, a net and a hook. The thunderbolt of Lord Indra, one of the most powerful weapons in Hindu religion, is known as Bhaudhara. In early ages before Vedic, Celestial Vahana of Indra, Airavata was depicted as four tusked Elephant carrying Lord Indra and his wife, Shachi . According to Hindu religion, Indra was married to Shachi , Indrani or Pulomaja . Shachi is mostly depicted with Lord Indra riding Airavata.

It is also believed that other gods of Hindu Patheon from various body parts of Giant Purusha. Later, Lord Indra sits on the seated Throne within the clouds of Svarga or so-called Third Heaven .

In Rigveda , it is stated that

“He under whose supreme control are horses, all chariots, the villages, and cattle;
He who gave being to the Sun and Morning, who leads the waters, He, O men, is Indra.”