Indra, also known as Śakra in the Vedas, is the leader of the Devas or gods and the lord of Svargaloka (heaven) in the Hindu religion. He is the god of rain and thunderstorms. He wields a Vajra (thunderbolt) and rides on a white elephant known as Airavata. He delights in drinking Soma.


Aspects of Indra as a deity are cognate to other Indo-European gods; they are either thunder gods such as Thor, Perun, and Zeus, or gods of intoxicating drinks such as Dionysos.

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