Sin of Indra and Curse on Earth, Sea, Trees and Women

Sins of King of Gods, Indira, distributed to women, earth, ocean and trees.

Acquiring sins by impure people means de-purification of those evil energies are nearly impossible. But when same sins are absorbed by pious beings, it can overcome the evil elements and spread harmony, peace among others. Women in Hinduism were considered as pious beings; more pious than men.

Indra Punished Vishwaroopa

In the Vedas, Indra is invoked more often than any other deity.Nearly one fourth of the hymns in the Rigveda are addressed to him.The earliest reference to the battle between Indra and Vritra is found in the Rigveda in which Vritra is described as the demon of drought. Indra killed the demon and liberated water , earning the title VRITRAHAN – the slayer of Vritra.

Indra was the God of wars, storms, and the heavens. He was an extremely powerful god with great strength, weapons, and power. His main enemy was the demon of drought, Vritra, which can be translated as the Enveloper. Vritra was a demon in the form of a dragon with sharp claws, large fangs, scales, and a deadly tail the size of the biggest trees.

Indra,King of Gods, always had to battle with the Asuras. And all the time, he was victorious . Under Bhrama’s advice Indra seeked the three-headed Vishwarupa as his guru. Vishwarupa was the son of Twasht and his mother was related to the asuras (Rakshas). Even then, Indra seeked Vishwarupa’s support. Vishwarupa agreed readily. In due course, Indra won his battles with the asuras but yet he came to realize that the asuras also have some secret strength.

Indra weilding Vajra to punish enemies - vishwarupa, vritra and others

At one of the sacred ritual Indra overheard Vishwarupa uttering the same prayer for the asuras. In anger, Indra drew out his sword and cut off Vishwarupa heads. Meanwhile, Sage Twasht came to know of the incident. He was angered and wanted revenge, thus created the Rakshas demon Vritra to achieve it. Vritra was a very large and selfish demon. He put the whole earth in a drought when he decided to steal all of its waters for himself.

Indra Killing Vritra

Vritra challenged Indra, and was able to defeat the god and swallow him.

With the intervention of the rishis and Vishnu, a truce was agreed upon, but with the submissive condition under which Indra agreed never to attack Vritra again with any weapon made of wood, metal, or stone, with anything dry or wet, or at any time during the day or night. Indra agreed but still wanted to slay Vritra.

Indra then thought of becoming friend of Vritra. He felt that’s the only way he can know Vritra’s weakness. Vritra then informed him that he had received a boon to the effect that he cannot be killed either during the day or at night. So he can only be killed in the evening.

Indra then prayed to Yogamaya for help. Indra flew down from his palace on his grand and golden chariot one day. He circled the mountain that Vritra, the huge serpent, lay coiled around.

“Vritra, you hold the waters that bring life to the earth and the gods of the skies. I command you to release the water or I will force you to do so,” yelled Indra.

(with thunderous sound Vritra responded) “Hisssss… Hissss… Who wakes me during my sleep?”

“I am Indra. I own the heavens and I control the storms. Do what I command or I will release the fury of my powers onto you.”

Vritra struck back egoistically, “Fool! Do you not know that I am a demon hero? I am the strongest and largest of all serpent creatures. No one dares challenge me. Not even the gods Vishnu or Brahma.”

Indra quickly demanded, “You release the waters now or I will destroy you!”

“Never!” said the Vritra

The Rakshas Serpent jumped into the sky, spread his wings and aimed claws toward Indra. The god dodged the attack and struck Vritra in the back of his neck. This was only a small blow and did not affect the Serpent dragon. The two continued exchanging hits and Vritra would sometimes manage a scratch or a bite into Indra’s flesh. The enemies flew through the skies, around the mountains, bursting through the clouds. The gods and demons watched as the two foes battled in the air. It seemed an even fight as neither seemed to gain any ground on the other.

He needed a weapon. Although he had a bow he decided he needed something much more powerful that would, in a single blow, destroy Vritra and release the waters that he stored in his belly. Indra reached into the sky, far above the clouds and grabbed his lightning bolt, Vajra. This was indeed Indra’s most powerful weapon. By the illusion created by Yogamaya, Vritra mistook it to be the foamy wave of the sea. As Vritra zoomed towards Indra in a swooping glide with his claws open and mouth snarling, Indra hurled his lightening bolt, Vajra, at the serpent dragon. The bolt hit the demon across his stomach, opening the flesh and releasing all of the earth’s waters back to the land.

Indra punished Vishwaroopa then killed Vritra

The demon, Vritra, fell down to the earth, dead and motionless. Indra had released the earth from the drought and brought back life to the world. For this the god was named king of the gods and is now seen as a powerful and courageous among Devs. Indra returned to Amaravati. He made a temple in the Nandan Kanan – the celestial garden – for the Divine Mother. He also expressed his deep gratitude to Vishnu.

The death of Vritra Rakshas pleased all the jananis (birth givers) – Sea, Earth, Trees and Mothers who were feeding their babies.

But what happened next led to disappointment among pious beings and elements of all – Earth, Sea, Trees and Women.

Sin of Indra was Distributed to the Pious Beings – Earth, Sea, Trees and Women

Indra Committed Sin of Killing  Brahman Demon

A group of powerful (Rakshas) demons attacked Indralok, out of terror, Indra left his kingdom and went to Brahma for the advice.

Brahma showed him a Brahman Rakshas (demon) and asked him to make that Brahman Rakshas his guru. Indra followed the orders and helped the Rakshas in Vedic rituals and Hawans but at the end of the rituals, Indra wanted to retaliate the group of demons using the offerings instead the Rakshas gave all the food offerings to his mother who was also a Rakshasni. Indra was very angry so he killed that Rakshas (demon) and his vengeful Rakshasni mother started haunting Indra wherever he went. The sin of Brahman Hatya led to his exile. So to escape from her wrath, since she was enraged and Indra killing the Brahman had committed heinous sin, he finally decided to hide himself in a flower for 100,000 years and did penance remembering Bhagwan Vishnu.

Vishnu appeared and advised that killing a Brahman is irreversible sin and to dilute its impact on himself, he need to distribute sin among the pious creations of Vedic Gods.

So pious creations of Gods were –

  • Earth
  • Ocean
  • Trees
  • Women

As shown, one such pious creation of Vedic Gods were women too, so the women’s menstrual cycle was actually curse of Indra and since then they are forbidden from going to temples or holy pilgrimages. Indra passing portion of his sin to women made them impure during menstrual cycle. One more thing about women’s importance is that, there is a tradition to bow down inverted on ground in front of God but women are not allowed to do that. The reason is to offer dignity and respect: woman’s womb is considered to be very sacred and pious and by completely touching the ground even in front of God is an insult to that womb so women are not allowed to do so.

Eventually the absorption of partial Karmic reactions of Indra’s sin lead to

  • Cracks on Earth
  • Waves in Ocean Waves
  • Milk oozing out from Trees
  • Menstrual Cycle in Women

Any harm done to Indra would have led to series of drought and decimation of species, beings. As explained before, Indra was the God of wars, storms, and the heavens. So the distribution of sin among pious beings was done for the prosperity and continuum of the mankind and species.

Indra is the god of Rain, Storm, Lightning and Water on earth

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3 Responses to Sin of Indra and Curse on Earth, Sea, Trees and Women

  1. Kishori says:

    No doubt , it is a wonderful story but it is just a story derived from the “Upanishads”. In general there are over 3 lacs of the “Upanishads” , which went on to change through time based on socio-economic conditions and changing political scenarios of our nation.Most of the stories of these sacred texts are not exact but rather symbolically coded and few are destructively fabricated to satisfy one’s own mere needs.We just need those eyes to see through to understand the real picture & acquire the hidden knowledge and achieve the truth.The texts from the “Upanishads” are said to be the extended form of the “Vedas”, which are only 4 in number.There is a following clause that I felt must be pointed out :-

    *According to the story when “Indra” killed the demon lord “Vritra” he made a sin by killing a “Brahman”. Therefore , he must undergo a punishment by being cursed for he had made a sin.

    01.In order to understand what “Brahmahatya” means we must first understand the meaning of what a “Brahman” is. Someone who has a “Brahmatatva” is a “Brahman”.Now what is a “Brahmatatva”. In short, it is a quality of a beautiful mind and a happy heart. A quality whose aim is to seek the truth to attain higher consciousness of living & anyone can adhere to seek & accept such beautiful qualities. Just like everyone has right to breathe in the same air & stand together on the same level of the ground.

    02.In the story the demon lord Vritra is said to be a “Brahman”. Even though he was a “Brahman” he had lost his “Brahmatatva” by performing devious sins.He degraded his deeds to satisfy his greed & lust which is a sin itself. He has lost his “Brahmatatva”.Therefore, he remains no longer a “Brahman” but a mere filthy “Rakhshasa”. Henceforth , The Heaven King Indra made no sin by killing such a “Rakhshasa” but rather safeguarded the life , rights and properties of people and also protected more innocent beings from being slaughter and massacred from Vritra’s wrath of fury. So, how can he be cursed when he did not performed any sins. And how can he share his curse with others beings(women,earth,ocean,trees) when he did not committed a sin.Therefore, though this story holds a good lesson but relatively few parts of the story is farcically false , which is quite natural because this events took place ages ago and the later texts must have been edited in between.

    We go to temple to practice and centralize the energy of our mind, body & soul. But In reality , It is our hearts where god resides.We live in a mortal world of mundane realm . A person or any living creature is pure not because of his perishable & feeble mortal body but because of his eternal soul of pure bliss.Therefore, everyone is equal and pure in the eyes of god.Henceforth, We must challenge everything what our heart does not accepts and mind does not understands.

    • haribol says:

      Radhe Radhe Kishori Ji,

      We cannot trust Bhagwan and his eternal leelas if we use mind and knowledge. Submission to Bhagwan completely believing in his creations and teachings can make all of us decipher the real essence on why such leelas actually took place.

      Regarding your observation on distortion of our Dharmic texts, Vedas and Upanishads, it was bound to happen because this is Kaliyug and Dharma is standing on only one leg. So we will only get knowledge in a directional form and not pure form since it is very easy to attain moksha in this age compared to Satyug, Tretayug and Dwaparyug; provided we are following satvik life.

      The fabrication of our texts also happened due to invasion and infiltration of foreigners, you can find the post, highlighting few pointers on why and how they did it – How Foreigners multiplied their population in India.

      Jai Shree Krishn

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