Ilina und Rathantara

Father and monter of Dushyanta.


Indra is the lord of the ten sensory perceptions, Indriyas.

Jnanendriya, perception: seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching.
Karmendriya, action: speaking, grasping, walking, excrete, procreate.

Because of a curse Indra is always worried about his throne, worried about being conquered. He then sends an apsara to the ascetic who has immersed himself in tapas to disturb him.

He also works for us. When we go into meditation, want to calm our sensory perceptions, want to bring them under control instead of being their slaves, then Indra rebels. The mind does not want to be ‚conquered‘, it wants to let the senses run free. That is why it is so difficult for us to find peace in meditation. Indra does everything possible to disturb the meditator.

Indrakila Mountain

On the Indrakila mountain Arjuna received Paushupata.


A King Indradyumna placed the image of Jagannatha. He was married to Gundicha.

Another King Indradyumna was cursed by saga Agastya to be born as an elephant, Gajendra.


Indra’s net, the Vedic cosmic hologram. A net of reflecting jewels symbolizing unity in plurality and plurality in unity.


The old name of Sarnath, where Buddha gave his first discourse.


The musth is a testosterone boost in the bull elephant, when a liquid, ichor, drops from the temples.

Used in poetry as a metaphor for aggressiveness.

Indumati and Aja

Parents of Dasharatha.

Indumati was the younger sister of King Bhoja of Vidarbha, Aja was the son of Raghu.

Their story is to be read in the Raghuvamsa of Kalidasa.


Mother of Kubera.


One of the Ashtasakhi, eight (ashta) friends (sakhi) of Radha, Krishnas favorite Gopi.

Lalita, Vishaka, Campakalata, Citra, Tungavidya, Indulekha, Rangadevi, Sudevi.

Indulekha can handle snakes, weaves garments and knots garlands. She brings Krishna’s love messages to Radha and vice versa.

Read about the Ashtasakhi – ‚Lord Krishna and related articles‘.