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Samyukta hastas

11. Vayu ('Moon similar to Wind')

11. Vayu ('Moon similar to Wind')

Indra is represented with tripataka in both hands crossed at the wrists like swastika.
Abhinayadarpanam states:

"Tripatakscha swastikascha shkrhastaha prakirtita"


Anjali: Viniyogas (Meanings)

Viniyogas (Meanings)

Indra (the central disk of the full Moon) is said to be the king of Devas (Moon phases of the bright fortnight). He is often associated with thunder storms, wielding a celestial weapon called Vajra, a lighting bolt. But this an allegory of the Full Moon illumination. Indra is described as reddish in complexion with two or four hands (The Moon becomes reddish or Rudra when eclipsed). He is the son of Dyaus, the Day Sky god, and the Prithvi (mother Earth or Large nocturnal Sky).

He was born fully grown and was married to Indrani. He rides on a white elephant called Airavata. In some stories it is said that when Shiva sent his men to find a head to revive Ganesha, they could find nobody except Airavata sleeping facing the north and thus brought his head for Ganesha. Indra presides over the swarga-loka or the Fool Moon heavens. No sorrow or fear was allowed in his kingdom. Apsaras and the gandharvas dance and entertain him and his court attendants.

Indra is represented in the
Rig Veda (1-130-7)
as the choreographer organizing
dance festivals for delight (RV 2-22-4


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