Indian Mythology

The Hindu Pantheon

Who is Indra?

From his position as the great king of gods, the fiery warrior, and establisher of order represented by his defeat of the monstrous and chaotic Vritra, Indra gradually lost importance in favor of Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, and Devi. First a great king, later he is depicted as a womanizer besotted with Soma, the sacred drink of the gods. He even became an object of jokes and lessons, as in the famous story of Indra and the Parade of Ants.


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