Indra

Hindu - The supreme god, god of fertility, heavens, rain, war. Son of Dyaus Pitar and Aditi or Prithivi. Son of Dyaus and Nisktigri, some say. Son of Tvashtri by a cow or Nishtigri, some say. Consort of Indrani. Father of Jayanta, Jayanti, Midhusa, Nilambara, Purnavijara and Rsabha. Father of the Ribhus by Saranyu. Father of the monkey-king Sugriva. Originally the god of the Aryan invaders of North India, or even a mortal later deified, he was adopted into the Hindu pantheon and later demoted to become god of the paradise, Svarga. He is regarded as one of the Dikpalas, guardian of the east with his elephant, Airavata. He was said to have been born fully developed from his mother's side, ready to fight the forces of evil. Ahi, the drought-serpent, had swallowed all the primaeval waters so Indra split open the monster's stomach with one of his thunderbolts to release the waters to create life. He also rescued the cloud cattle, the sacred cows, when they were stolen by Ahi. Another version says that the cattle were swallowed by a different demon, Vritra, made by the sage Tvastri to kill Indra who had killed Tvastri's threeheaded son. In this story, Vritra also swallowed Indra who escaped when the other gods forced open the demon's jaws. Vishnu formed himself into a knife and cut off the monster's head. In some stories, this monster is called Namuci. Indra then created a new universe in which the sky rested on pillars of gold and the mountains became fixed in position when he cut off their wings. When he seduced Ahalya, her husband, Gotama, caused 1,000 impressions of the female genitalia to appear on Indra's skin as a result of which he became known as Sa-Yoni. These marks later changed to eyes. As punishment he was imprisoned by Ravana, the demon-king, and released only on the intervention of Brahma. In other accounts, Gotama cursed him and he lost his testicles. Some say he could assume the form of an insect. He owned the horse Uccaihsravas which appeared at the Churning of the Ocean. His weapon was the thunderbolt, Vajra, and he is depicted as red or gold, sometimes riding in a chariot drawn by two (1,100 or 10,000) horses, at other times riding an elephant. He is depicted with a beard which, it is said, flashed like lightning and sometimes with seven arms bearing a diadem, a discus, a goad, prayer-beads, a sickle, a sword and the vajra. Seven rivers flow from him. Also referred to as Indra, Aptya, Aptya, Indra, Trita, Vasava, Vasava, Indra or Vritra.
Persian - A demon opposing Asha. Occasionally referred to as Indra, Aptya, Aptya, Indra, Trita, Vasava, Vasava, Indra or Vritra.

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