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In the Rig Veda, which is a collection of antique Hindu songs and hymns, Indra
is described as the king of the gods. He has authority over the sky and the
power to make rain using his weapon, the thunderbolt
. Indra is depicted as a
man with four long arms riding a white elephant.
Indra is the god of battle.
The Rig Veda tells us how Indra could defeat the gigantic
serpent Vritra. Vritra had swallowed all the waters of the world causing a
tremendous drought. Indra killed the serpent by throwing his thunderbolts in
the serpent's belly. By killing the serpent, Indra separated land from ocean,
and caused the Sun to rise.
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