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Indra is the God of firmament and the king of the abode of Gods. In the early Vedic age, Indra is the top ranking figure among Gods. Yet, he is not equivalent to Omkar or Brahma because he has a parantage.

His complexion is golden and sparkling; he rides on a golden chariots drawn by two red strong horses with a thick and flowing manes and pointed tails. His favorite weapon is the thunderbolt which he carries in his right hand; sometimes he is also represented as having a big bow with long pointed arrows as well as hook and a net. He is the ruler of the atmosphere and weathers are at his command.

In the Vedas, more hymns are attributed to him than any other God, indicating that he was then widely worshipped for his kindness, bestower of rains and the giver of fertility. His consort is Indrani.

In the post-Vedic era and during the age of Puranas, Indra was considered to be the King of devatas, smaller gods, but is considered to be inferior to the holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.

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