Indra was the one of the greatest gods in vedic culture. He was the god of rain, thunder, war, wealth, protection and destruction...in fact it was for this reason that he was known as the all powerful king of gods!!
When the world was in peril and dominated by rakshasas.. and everyone had given up.. One day Indra was born, and his mother Aditi, fed him the divine soma juice before even feeding him with the her breast-milk.. and in that day it-self Indra determined to fight the rakshasa domination, wielding an arrow in his hand, and became one of the greatest gods!
Indra gave confidence to the people to fight the rakshasas when all hope was lost!.
As an adult:
Indra along with Vishnu and the sons of Rudra-the Maruts, slew hundred thousand rakshasas in the battle with the mighty demon named Vrtra.
when indra with his powerful thunderbolt vajra cut the dragon like demon,Vrtra,into pieces.. all the gods were in awe of his power!
Indra killed many other demons like one named Sushna,who was born out of an egg and had tormented humanity..
In another instance Indra with the help of the warrior sage Brhaspati, killed an aquatic demon named Krsnasura who was residing in the river named Amsumati along with an army of ten thousand rakshasas.
many other battles are mentioned in the Rig-veda about Indra and his battle against the rakshasa forces
One of the verses from the Rig-Veda (mandala 8,sukta 1,5) says..:
"Wielder of the thunderbolt! I would not give u away(lit.-sell) for a large price,not for a thousand,not for ten thousand no opulent bearer for hundred thousand!"
the next verse says
"Indra,you are more precious than my father or than my uncaring brother; you, o giver of dwelling are equal to my loving mother!"..
these verses show how great and loving and kind Lord Indra is!
Indra is also known as the greatest poet ever known and so is known as vipratamah kavinam!
Indra was also very fond of a drink named Somarasa which was made by crushing the soma plant,mixing it’s juices with milk and was drunk after it was fermented.The soma juice used to exhilarate Indra and make him ready for battle.Indra wasn’t the only one fond of the soma juice, even Rudra,Vishnu,Varuna,Aryama,Asvins and other deities too were very fond of this drink..
Indra also dyed his hair and beard blonde using the extract of Soma and is evident from Rig-Veda mandala 10 sukta 96.
Indra and Vishnu:
in the adi parva of Mahabharata, lord Indra is mentioned as the elder brother of lord Vishnu; this is the reason why Vishnu is also known as Upendra-the younger brother of Indra.
both Indra and Vishnu were children of mother Aditi and sage Kashyapa.. this is the reason they are known as Adityas -children of Aditi.
a verse the Rig-veda says..
"Vishnu, mighty giver of dwellings, along with Mitra and Varuna sing your praises! and your company of Maruts are in exhilaration!"
- this verse shows how dear Vishnu’s elder brother was to him.. and it clearly shows how the stories which were trying to demean Indra are most probably false.
In most of rig-veda Vishnu is called as Indra’s sakha, which means best friend!
This is the same way Krishna is Arjuna’s sakha or vice versa.
Throughout Ramayana ,the brothers Rama and Laxmana have been compared to the divine brothers Indra and Vishnu ..
for eg in yuddha kanda,sarga 99 :
”Having driven away the army of monkeys, Ravana the foremost among the demons then saw Rama, the annihilator of his enemies, who was endowed with long arms and eyes as wide as lotus petals standing unconquered with his brother Lakshmana, like Indra the lord of celestials is seen with Vishnu, the supreme lord of preservation-holding up his great bow as though scraping the sky.”
Also in the end battle with Ravana, Indra grants lord Rama a divine armor, a helmet, a bow, a spear, a quiver with infinite arrows, and also his chariot along with his charioteer- Matali to defeat the demon king.
in Bhagavad Gita Krishna says:
“Of all the Vedas I am the Sâma-Veda , of the gods/devas I am Indra- the king of heaven, of the senses I am the mind and I am also the living force of all creatures”
the relation between Indra and Vishnu is just like that of Vishnu and Shiva,where both parties sing praises of each other.
Its pretty clear that Indra is one of the greatest gods, equal in power to Vishnu and Shiva, and is definitely worthy of worship! and it is very sad how he is totally forgotten, sidestepped and demeaned.
btw can you tell me what tools can be used to create something like this?
In Rigveda, Indra the vedic god is sometimes described as golden-bodied with golden jaw, nails, hair, beard.
The greatest God of Hindu religion is Lord Shiva, he is also known as Mahadev (Greatest God) and Devadhidev (God of Gods), which we call Supreme Almighty like Allah in Islam, in Hindu religion not only the Gods but Demons also used to worship him and used to threaten Gods after Lord Shiva grant them desired powers. The major Trinity Gods are Lord Brahma - The Creator of Universe, Lord Vishnu - The Preserver of Universe and Lord Shiva - The Destroyer of Universe. According to the Hindu religion, in the beginning, even before the creation of Universe there was only an eternal pillar of Fire, from the pillar Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma came out, Lord Brahma was sitting on a Lotus whose stem was starting from Lord Vishnu's Navel (I am cutting the concept to make it short). Then that eternal pillar of fire turned into Lord Shiva himself. Lord Brahma is not worshiped because of some reason(It's another concept so let's come to the point). So after Universe created then God Indra, God Vayu, God Agni etc. came. Lord Shiva has the form of greatest God while Lord Vishnu has the form of omniscient God resides in each and every particle. We don't worship Indra Dev because of several of his ways which are not much appreciated in the religion for example once a demon named Hirnakashyap was threatening Gods so he kidnapped his wife.
About Lord Krishna, he is the 9th incarnation of Lord Vishnu, also known as Embodiment of Love and Purnaavtaar (Complete Incarnation). He is known as Purnaavtaar because he was having all the powers of Supreme Almighty(Lord Vishnu) in the human form and 5 those qualities which even Lord Vishnu don't possess.
About brother of Lord Vishnu in his incarnations, when Lord Vishnu incarnated as Lord Rama (his 8th incarnation) then the Sheshnaag (The giant 7 headed Snake on which Lord Vishnu rests gets incarnated as his younger brother Laxman and when Lord Vishnu incarnated as Lord Krishna then Sheshnaag incarnated as his elder brother Balrama.
What Lord Krishna said in Srimad Bhagvad Geeta actually signifies Lord Vishnu's quality of omniscience along with Lord Krishna's quality of unrivaled beauty throughout the universe. He said, that he is the major/core/most important element of all existing entities, these were the examples like of all the Gods I am Indra(King of Gods).
All worship Lord Shiva, while Lord Shiva praises Lord Vishnu as all three Supreme Lords are same but Lord Vishnu so far praised Indra Dev as a God but didn't sing his glory for power requirement. Infact Indra Dev seem to come to Lord Vishnu for help when mighty demons attack on Heaven and if Lord Vishnu couldn't solve then finally they went to God of Gods, Supreme Lord Shiva.
Clearly showing that While Shiva is indeed great, it is Vishnu whom he serves
If you recall the story of Bhrigu, Whereas Shiva and Brahma reacted in anger to Bhrigu's disrespect, Vishnu reacted with concern for Bhrigu, even after being kicked (only the Supreme Lord could be so willing to place his Devotee above himself).
Also from the interactions of Parshuram and Rama (After Rama shattered Shiva's bow, Parshuram confronted Rama, but then accepted what had happened and allowed his role to be superseded by Rama) and the relationship between Hanuman and Rama, it is clear that Vishnu is the Supreme Personality of God, while Shiva is one of his greatest Devotees.
This in no ways belittles or lowers Shiva (as his position and devotion to Vishnu makes him worthy of the greatest respect and reverence), it merely shows that Shiva is a devotee of the Supreme Lord.
good for you.
but please considering reading the Vedas, Shatapata Brahmanas and Upanishads to know more about the deities before passing a comment.
as per Vaishnava Puranas, Vishnu came first and from his navel Brahma, and from Brahma's anger came Shiva.
as per Shaiva Puranas , it's the story you wrote above.
In fact in Shiva Maha Purana, Shiva keeps beating Vishnu, and in Vaishnava Puranas Vishnu keeps humiliating Shiva.
as per Vedas,Upanishads, Brahmanas, Mahabharata and Ramayana, Brahma came first and from him Shiva.
So each text has its own story. In the Vedas, Indra is referred to as Shiva in numerous instances and is treated as equal to Purusha.
ultimately there is no greater god or inferior god in this culture, all are equals but different sects have formed who have their own greatest god.
we all believe in what we want to believe..
ekam sat viprahbahuda vadanti.
honestly speaking... all this scriptural knowledge is nothing but glorified ignorance in front of the knowledge of the self.
so focus on the self and don't take these scriptures too seriously, these are also part of maya that drag people into unnecessary and foolish arguments and they'll only confuse you the more you read them.
All I want to say is scriptures are not wrong as they are the foundation of our religion, "taking scriptures seriously" and "following the religion" these two things go hand in hand but unfortunately there is no 100% correct version of them is available in today's world, somewhere they were wrongly translated by mistake or lack of knowledge while somewhere they are wrongly translated knowingly to spread the confusion and create conflicting situations. In such cases we should use our common sense. For example, read all your lines above, several texts of one religion depicting different stories, its obvious they all get errors or knowingly created like this also look at your line "Shiva keeps beating Vishnu, and in Vaishnava Puranas Vishnu keeps humiliating Shiva" - do you really think an ancient religious book of a religion can write something like this to it's greatest Gods, it's obviously wrong.
Sorry if you have felt bad or if I have been rude but I just tried my best to clarify your doubt about my religion rest is up to you since we can't force anyone to believe what we want. Nice talking to you, take cares and know that I love your art especially these religious ones
Quoting you quoting molee
"Shiva keeps beating Vishnu, and in Vaishnava Puranas Vishnu keeps humiliating Shiva" - do you really think an ancient religious book of a religion can write something like this to it's greatest Gods"
I think it's possible. Take the Greek or Roman mythology for example. These "Gods" fought with each other. Jealousy, lust, power they were all driven by these. It's absolutely possible as Indian culture is one of the oldest cultures, before our society stated worshipping the big three, they must have worshipped the gods that mattered more (e.g: fire, rain, wind etc). Which also must have demanded a god/gods who can preside over these gods and be the absolute power. So a feud between Gods is thoroughly imaginable. Also, as you are aware, these scriptures are all manmade- the reflections of human psychology in these stories are inevitable. They were "gods" but among their own ranks they were the same species, so fighting for power and authority is natural.
This is a very personal interpretation, I do not intend to offend anyone.
This is not to denigrate Shiva, Shiva is one of the greatest Devotees of Vishnu (Rivaled only perhaps by Lakshmi and Shesha), someone worthy of the deepest respect.
all this knowledge is waste in front of the knowledge of the self.
throw away your ego,desires and attachments.. you will understand my words better then.
just trying to educate you on our scriptures that's all
Narendra = Nara+Indra (Indra among men)
Devendra = Deva+Indra (Indra among devas)
Gajendra = Gaja+Indra (Indra among Elephants)
Rajendra = Raja+Indra (Indra among Kings) and so on and so forth.
earlier indra was one particular individual later on it was made into a position.
read rig veda and upanishads to know more
An awesome portrait of Indra!
By the by, have you ever heard of the Indo-European theory? Long story short, there's been a lot of research that suggests that many people across the Middle East, Europe, and India share a common linguistic and cultural heritage from thousands of years ago.
I only bring that up because I thought it was an interesting choice depicting Indra wielding a bolt of lightning and a hammer. One of the gods they've reconstructed (not found proof of, mind you) is a powerful thunder god who may have eventually become Indra, Thor, Zeus, etc. across multiple faiths.
getting back on track... AWESOME WORK!
but I think our javanese culture comes from vedic culture too......
and very glad to know someone who has the same name as my favorite god from the vedic pantheon!
However, it isn't exactly appropriate to say that Indra is the equal of Visnu or Śiva. Indra is a deva, and as such is an ātman who was born into that position due to karma of his/her previous life-time. Any being can be reborn as an Indra in their next life by doing the proper yajñas. Visnu however is Bhagavān, Īśvara, and is even more beyond Indra, than Indra is beyond us.
all are equal and none higher than the other.
tad visnoh paramam padam sada pasyanti surayah | diviva caksur atatam || 11 ||
"Just as the suns rays in the sky are extended to the mundane vision, so in the same way the wise and learned devotees always see the abode of Lord Vishnu."
tad vipraso vipanyavo jagrvam sah samindhate | visnor yat paramam padam || 12||
"Because those highly praiseworthy and spiritually awake devotees are able to see the spiritual world, they are also able to reveal that supreme abode of Lord Vishnu."
It's not accurate to say (imo) that the Vedas don't reveal the truth about Bhagavān. While you may approach from a Smarta view, mine is a Vaisnava approach. One is not necessarily more correct than the other.
I've been thinking of this the past 3 years. I think its time I finally do it. Your indra is the best indra on deviant art and probably on all google-image database too.
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