Indra And Shachi Sitting On The Divine Elephant Airavata
Indra And Shachi Sitting On The Divine Elephant Airavata
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Indra And Shachi Sitting On The Divine Elephant Airavata

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Vintage from before 2000

A finely detailed heavy bronze casting of Indra with his consort, Shachi, seated upon on his three headed white elephant, Airavata. In Buddhist iconography the elephant sometimes features three heads, while Jaina icons sometimes show the elephant with five heads. Indra's heavenly home is on or near Mount Meru (also called Sumeru). In the Rig Veda, which is a collection of antique Hindu 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 the god of battle. Before each battle, he drinks a vast quantity of soma which makes his belly enormous. The soma is a divine juice. It is said that this juice empowers him to accomplish his heroic missions. His strength defeated the serpent Vritra who had swallowed all the waters of the world bringing a tremendous drought. Indra split the belly of the serpent with his thunderbolt, releasing the waters and generating life. By killing the serpent, Indra separated land from ocean, and caused the sun to rise.

In Hinduism, Shachi, also known as Indrani (queen of Indra) is the goddess of wrath and jealousy, and a daughter of Puloman, an Asura who was killed by Shachi’s future husband, Indra. She is one of the seven Matrikas, or mother goddesses. She is described as beautiful and having the most beautiful eyes. She is associated with lions and elephants. With Indra, she is the mother of Jayanta and Jayanti and Midhusa, Nilambara, Rbhus, Rsabha and Chitragupta. In Hindu epics, she is also described as “The Endless Beauty”.

This sculpture measures about 13 inches high (18 inches to the top of the staff). Weighs more than 15 pounds, which adds to the shipping costs. Nice patina - has been an outside display piece for some time.